Cornerstone Housing Co-operative

Postal Address
16 Sholebroke Avenue

Year started
Number of over 18s
Ideological focus
Legal structure
industrial and provident society
Open in principle to new members
Charge visitors
Work in Lieu

Cornerstone is not so much a community as a collective of people who share the running of a housing co-op, but who have different political perspectives and focuses for their daily lives. Cornerstone has two large Victorian houses in Chapeltown, a culturally diverse part of inner-city Leeds. Both houses need a lot of ongoing maintenance, and have large gardens front and back, which we variously hang out in, tend or leave wild, attracting wildlife and producing some food (herbs, fruit and veg).

One house has space for 7 members, the other for 8, and there are sometimes short and long-term visitors increasing our numbers. Both houses have large cellars which are home to a wide range of projects – bikes, workshops, brewing, a garden nursery, a resource centre and Footprint Workers Co-operative (printers). We have been able to support a variety of other cooperatives to grow and develop within Leeds.

There is an emphasis on members being socially active, and are often involved in local and national campaigns on a diverse range of issues with emphasis on consensus and non-hierarchy.

We eat together, run the houses together, and make decisions together.

Cornerstone is an active member of Radical Routes, the UK-wide secondary co-op promoting co-operation and working for radical social change.

community does not share income
community does not require capital from members
community has broadband internet access
community does not generates any of its own electricity
community uses solar energy
community buildings not insulated to a high standard
community members use bicycles
community has organised system for car sharing
community is accessible by public transport
community shares utilities
community has tool sharing system
community has organised systems for recycling
community does not have any kind of ecosewage system
community is not involved in land management
community does not grow vegetables
no communal animals
regular communal meals
community has policy which restricts smoking
community buildings not wheelchair accessible
community is not involved in campaigning

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Cornerstone Housing Co-operative is currently looking for new members

Cornerstone Housing Co-op has between 2 & 4 vacancies (as at July 2020). Cornerstone is a chaotic hive of activists, gardeners, printers and other communards. Vegan communal meals, big gardens, lots of DIY (needed rather than done currently), inner-city Leeds, lots of visitors and friends, no more animal space, too many computers, queer-friendly. Cornerstone is a member of Radical Routes.

Deadline for applications: 12 July 2020
For an application pack: or 0113 262 1534
Expecting to decide around mid-August

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Cornerstone Housing Co-operative is currently looking for volunteers

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