mxgm.org – Crystal House Project

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Greetings of Spring everyone!

Crystal House is a project that recognizes housing as a Human Right.
The right to housing guarantees the right to live in security, peace
and dignity. This right must be provided to all persons regardless of
income or access to economic resources. The right to housing should
not be narrowly defined or restricted to being viewed as a commodity
wholly dependent on market forces. Instead, housing should be viewed
as a fundamental resource indispensable to ensuring human development
and community participation.

The project came together as a transitional low cost living space
dedicated to supporting the growth and leadership of Black & Brown
poor/working/ and queer individuals. Crystal House is a place to
identify, understand and transform colonization and aims to provide a
safe space for holistic healing with access to resources and training.
(find out more at http://mxgm.org/crystal-house-project/)

We currently have two rooms available in our beautiful house in East
NY, Brooklyn. Located a short (5 min) walk from the A/C train at Euclid Ave. J train is also a 10-15 min walk away at Crescent St stop.

One room is on the small side, very cozy but gets amazing light and
beautiful cool breezes in the spring/summer. Has a built in floor to
ceiling shelves and can fit a full size bed & dresser. This room is on
the top floor and goes from 350-$450/month with utilities included.The
second room is on the basement level, and is the larger of the two.
The larger room has a private bathroom with standing shower,
refrigerator, and sink, as well as private entrance via the backyard.
The rent is $600-650 per month including utilities. There is also $20
monthly dues that everyone pays in addition to rent to cover the cost
of common items such as toilet paper, cleaning supplies & wireless
services. Both rooms are available on a month to month basis, for
short or long tetm stay.

You must:
-Be POC ( This is a POC space)
-Be able to pay your rent on time. This house is a cooperative in many
ways, one being economic. If you can’t pay your rent, it puts the
entire house at risk. You don’t need to have a job just a way to pay
your bills on time, how ever that may be (judgement free zone).
-Be willing to participate in the co-operative lifestyle. What does
that mean? As a housing cooperative, we take turns doing the chores
that keep our home clean & beautiful. Chores are rotated on a weekly
basis at random according to the chore chart, everyone gets a turn at
everything.
We also have house meetings bi weekly and house dinner bi-weekly.
Attendence is required by everyone who lives in the house.

Some other things to know:
-Two of us have young children. One of which stays at our house
bi-weekly. The others come every weekend. This is just an fyi to say
that if you don’t like children, this may not be the place for you.
-We also have two house cats Shaka & Ginger. Very sweet & loving cats
that occasionally pretend to be blind and poop in the sink/bathtub.
At this time we are not accepting any more animals into the space. If
you have fish or something, that’s fine but no cats/dogs.. Sorry.

-There is a garden in our backyard which we are bringing back to life so we’d highly appreciate anyone with experience or interest in participating in this project. There’s also a 20-year-old community garden around the block which the house has historically been involved and which we encourage participation with.

-We don’t have cable but we do have a tv with DVD player & wireless service.

What is the process in getting housing at Crystal House?

Folks interested in living at Crystal House meet the current headz
living in the space to see whether or not folks are feeling one
another. If all goes well and you are still interested folks who live
in the house take a vote where everyone must agree.

If all this sounds like a place you can love living in, contact Asere
at 646-483-0514(please text before hand) or email at
asere3000@gmail.com

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