CHEA Expansion Subcommittee Meeting
Members present: Hannah, Donny, McAllen, Sam, Jesse, Molly, Mike, Bridget, Daniel, Leslie, Travis.
Hannah: My thought is we should write them a letter. I wanted to talk about what exactly we wanted to contain in this letter.
McAllen: I would like to make sure they want to live there, not just tolerate it.
Daniel: We should say what exactly is a co-op, what will change, will they be able to change.
Some of the food and services, utilities etc. may be additional costs. What are the benefits?
Hannah: We should write a letter, seems like we're all on the same page with that. I'd also like to canvass door-to-door.
Daniel: About half the tenants are on Section 8 vouchers. Their caseworkers have to be in the loop with potential membership reviews, evictions, etc. Section 8 tenants usually have yearlong leases.
Hannah: Rants some about social justice.
Daniel: There's also a context of offering moving money.
Action item: write a letter to Gault residents.
*Donny and Gatlin volunteer to take on this agenda item.*
Donny: It's already a requirement that prospective residents come to two meetings.
Hannah: I would like us to continue doing Open Membership processes like Sasona. I would like us to steer people by asking them more questions “How do you see yourself participating? What management committees do you see yourself serving on?”
Bridget: I think that people would come down here to Sasona.
Hannah: If Leslie and Travis are going to vote we need to vote to allow them to be subcommittee members.
Hannah motions that we accept Leslie and Travis as subcommittee members:
7 for / 0 against / 0 abstentions
Should we adopt the Sasona Open Membership processes?
9 for / 0 against / 0 abstentions
Should we maintain the 4-bedroom, 2-bedroom, and former office as our projected common space?
Hannah: We may be able to get by without the 2-bedroom unit.
Donny: This building has a lack of common space so the more the better. *(Others agree for the most part)*
McAllen: I'm interested in using people's living rooms at Gault Street as additional common spaces, on a voluntary basis.
Hannah: Do we want to upgrade our kitchen equipment?
Mike: Not sure.