The Santa Barbara Student Housing Cooperative is hosting an event tonight to familiarize the community with the new Interfaith Cooperative House and Community Space.
The new co-op at 777 Camino Pescadero was annexed from the University Religious Center and will begin offering student housing this fall. Applications for a spot in the residence are currently available on the SBSHC Web site.
Tonight’s event will include music by Kimya Dawson, Quick Attack and Defiance, Ohio in addition to workshops with local organizations.
According to executive director of SBSHC, Emily Lippold Cheney, the building’s new purpose will maintain and expand upon the URC’s original mission.
“The goal is to create an interfaith house that is the direct legacy,” Cheney said. “The work that the URC had been doing is still relevant but needs to be re-manifested. The house will continue the URC’s work in a new modern context.”
Josh Redman, membership services coordinator for the co-op, said the new residents will work to create a unique standard within the residency.
“[Tenants] will be creating the culture of the house themselves and there will be separate retreats to create a house charter,” Redman said.
Vice president of the co-op’s Board of Directors Tim Henry said the development of the new area will provide low-income students with a less expensive housing alternative.
“The URC had several different options as far as what to do with that property, but I think they went with the co-op because they liked our housing model, and liked how open and accepting we are,” Henry said. “The co-op is for low income [individuals], and this seemed to be what [the URC] valued along with an ongoing discussion of faith and the aspect of keeping different faiths together.”
Tonight’s event begins at 6 p.m. with music starting at 7 p.m. It is open to all ages and a $5 to $10 donation is requested.