Housing Programs

Renting Cooperative

Common Roots is pioneering a new way to rent. In our rental program, residents join the Common Roots Renting Cooperative. As members of the cooperative, they work together to manage and maintain the property where they live. In exchange for taking on this responsibility and staying long-term, renters build “rental equity.”

Common Roots wants our renters to love their home and stay, have a voice in their housing, and build wealth. If you want to learn more, please fill out our Renting Cooperative Interest Form.

Are you interested in learning more and potentially starting a renting cooperative in your own community? We have resources to help! Email us at info@commonrootspa.org to request access to our documentary film, “Equity for Renters: How Renting Cooperatives Build Wealth and Community” and accompanying toolkit.

Shared Equity Homeownership

Common is developing a shared equity homeownership program so more members of our community can access the wealth-building opportunity of owning your own home. In the program, Common Roots rehabilitates a home and sells it to a qualified, lower-income buyer at a price they can afford.

While the homeowner owns the home, Common Roots retains ownership of the land (shared equity!). The partnership between Common Roots and the homeowner ensures the property is well-maintained over time. It also ensures the home remains affordable for future generations, as the homeowner agrees to pay forward the opportunity by limiting their proceeds at resale so another family can access the wealth-building benefits of homeownership.

Community Education and Workforce Development

In addition to developing quality affordable housing, Common Roots is building our community’s capacity to care for and rehabilitate our aging housing stock. Our team is developing resources to help community members sustainably care for their homes and partnering with workforce development agencies to provide training and apprenticeship opportunities for community members. In February 2024, we launched Sturdy Boots Construction, a public benefit construction company, to further our mission and create meaningful, living-wage work.

Are you interested in volunteering your skills?

Are you interested in learning construction skills and/or working for Sturdy Boots?

Join Our Volunteer Team

Got some skills? Interested in helping us create quality, environmentally sustainable housing? Let us know about you!

Learn Construction Skills

Do you want to work in construction? Are you interested in green building? Reach out about opportunities to work and learn with us!

Check Out What's New

Common Roots is working hard and growing fast. Read about our recent work and accomplishments.

Become a member

Common Roots is a membership organization. We want everyone in, because we know everyone has something to contribute.