cooperative house in madison, wi
syntropy : the psychological state of wholesome association with others
Syntropy is a 3-story, 8-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom arts-and-crafts style house on the near east side of Madison, one block from B.B. Clark beach.
Our house features hardwood floors, a wood burning stove, a lovely front porch with a swing and couches, beautiful stained glass, a vegetable garden, an old carriage house, off-street parking, a covered space for bikes, and a view of Lake Monona from our bay window and front porch. The bus stop for the 3, 4, 7, 10, and 38 is right out front.
We try to keep our home fragrance-free and cop-free. We often have cats living in the home and we are unfortunately not wheelchair-accessible.
history & organizational structure
Syntropy House was built in 1909 and served as a private residence for seventy years. In 1979, 812 Jenifer Street became a Sufi Group House. The house decided to join Madison Community Cooperative (MCC) in 1983. Members have been paying rent to MCC, participating in meetings, and advocating for change within the system. Currently, Syntropy House is on rent-strike (here's why) and is exploring ways to separate from MCC.
Syntropy operates as a non-hierarchical space. We rotate some jobs, such as cleaning the bathroom and cooking meals for each other, and choose other workjobs for ourselves. We have house meetings approximately once a month, where we can check in with each other about any praises, preferences, or discussion items.
Currently, members contribute $110* towards shared food, which is enough for all meals. Our house meals are vegan and we usually try to include a gluten-free option.
*Members are able to substitute dumpster diving or farmshares in lieu of this cost
highlights of our home culture
Love, care, and support for one another
A safe living environment - NO COPS
Mostly vegan, often gluten-free meals
Explicitly anti-racist, queer-friendly, pro-kids
For each according to their needs, from each according to their abilities
We often bake treats for one another, read books around the fire, work on handy projects, and sit on the front porch drinking tea or coffee and having heated, connected conversations about inequality and oppression and also squealing about cute puppies that walk past
Syntropy is currently on Rent Strike (read more here) & seeks to become an independent co-op
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live at syntropy
Want to stop by? We'd love to meet you; we just ask that you please make arrangements ahead of time. We have weekly house meals, host occasional community events, and sometimes welcome short-term overnight guests. Please send us an email about yourself if you're interested.
We welcome folks to join us as food-coopers. You would join us for fresh cooked, vegan meals throughout the month, and maybe do some cooking too! This is a great way to be part of our community while having your own space!
Becoming a food co-opper requires a "membershipping" process. Send us an email to find out more:
Availability at Syntropy varies, and we welcome your inquiry at any time. We are a cozy house committed to one another and to the world we live in, and we are excited to find more like-minded, like-hearted folks.
Becoming a full housing member of Syntropy is a multi-step process, including an online survey and some face-to-face interviews/meet-ups. Send us an email to get started or find out more.