About

Praxis Collaborative Chicago provides affordable, democratically managed housing in Chicago’s diverse Uptown neighborhood to individuals and families involved in social justice movement building across a center-left Popular Front.

Praxis is a not-for-profit housing organization, which means that Praxis exists to serve its mission and not to make a profit for anyone. Praxis is governed by a board of directors composed of individuals dedicated to social justice including, but not limited to, former and current members of Praxis.

Residents share a single suite with separate bedrooms but shared hallways, bathrooms, kitchens, and other common areas. See The Space.

What do you Mean by Social Justice?

Praxis Collaborative recognizes that the global sociopolitical system is radically unjust – empowering and privileging the few, while excluding, criminalizing, and generally disempowering others. Praxis is critical of the systems of oppression (e.g., racism, white supremacy, ableism, capitalism, cissexism, patriarchy, heterosexism, etc.) that support and sustain this inequitable status quo. Praxis views social justice as the work of disrupting and discontinuing these systems of oppression to create a freer, fairer world.

Residency and Administration

Praxis has two basic levels of residency:

  1. General Residents who take a less labor-intensive role in house management
  2. House Members who make collective decisions on matters such as budgeting, house safety and security, and admitting new Residents. Becoming a Member is a year-long process.

Member Meetings

The house is self-managed by its Members. House members meet twice monthly, using a “Radical Consensus” (majority-present, block-based consensus) decision-making process. Meetings include issues such as budgeting, house safety and security, and admitting new residents.

All-House Meetings

Once every two months, an All-House Meetings is held for all Residents to share feedback and participate in making collective decisions on matters such as house decorating and improvement, social activities, and residency policies.

Interested?

Want to try living at Praxis as a Resident? Learn more about applying.