MULTIFAITH LIVING COMMUNITY
AND RESIDENT GUIDEBOOK
Academic Year 2017-18
This Guidebook is an important source of information for Multifaith Living Community residents and CA House community members. It describes and explains CA House resident policies and regulations. Please refer to your lease agreement for further details.
I. CA HOUSE HISTORY, MISSION, AND PROGRAMS
The Cal Aggie Christian Association was organized in the 1930s as a college student group of the Davis Community Church, which Davis Congregationalists, Methodists, and Presbyterians united to form in 1869. In the early 1950s, the property at 433 Russell Boulevard was purchased for the campus ministry and it became known as CA House. CA House continues to be supported by the Davis Community Church and the Davis United Methodist Church, and a wide variety of community donors of all faiths and backgrounds.
Rooted in a tradition of ecumenical, progressive campus ministry since 1916, the Cal Aggie Christian Association at UC Davis (CA House) serves the Christian student community through faith-based programs grounded in four basic values: community, faith, social justice, and sustainable living. In addition, situated in an increasingly diverse multifaith environment, CA House embraces and serves students of all faiths and strives to promote interfaith dialogue and understanding. CA House offers a caring, inclusive community where all students can feel free to engage in open discussion and exploration of questions of faith (their own and others’), vocation, personal identity and growth. CA House is committed to putting faith into action and actively seeks opportunities to promote peace and social justice.
Some CA House programs include:
Multifaith Living Community: CA House offers a residential Multifaith Living Community. Students commit to live respectfully, and strive to live by the Resident Agreement, which describes the foundational values of the community: faith, community, social justice, and simplicity of lifestyle. This program gives students the opportunity to grow spiritually, live with other students in a caring community, and to improve the world through service.
Wednesday Night Multifaith Dinner and Program: Every Wednesday at 6 pm during the academic year, a free, vegetarian (kosher, halal, and gluten-free friendly) multifaith community meal is offered in the main house to build community through eating together. The time period at this dinner on Wednesdays is reserved for Multifaith programming which may include films, discussions, games or guest speakers. Each house is required to assist with the meal once per quarter.
Monday Night Christian Worship: CA House offers regular dinner and Christian worship on Monday night. At Monday Night Christian Worship, you can expect to grow in faith through exploration of various Christian spiritual practices, integration of Christian theology and current events, and group service projects. CA House also makes space available for worship and prayer groups for any faith.
Quarterly Retreats: Our students get away on weekend retreats that include service, fellowship, and spiritual exploration. Attendance at retreats are highly encouraged as they provide the foundation for our intentional living community.
Other Service and Justice Projects: We support other opportunities for students to serve and do justice work both in and outside of Davis. All MLC students are expected to perform 10 hours of community service each quarter. CA House staff will work to offer regular service opportunities which will be advertised throughout the year. Student-initiated ideas and projects are always welcome.
Denominational Connections: We provide students with connections, support, and scholarships to participate in many types of engaging denominational events, such as the United Methodist Student Forum every Memorial Day Weekend, the United Church of Christ General Synod, and Presbyterian retreats.
Small Groups: We offer weekly spiritual growth groups that allow students to learn about topics that interest them and connect with their faith. Past topics have included progressive theology, ethics, and justice issues. It also provides a time outside of the weekly programs to connect with others within the CA House student community.
One-Time Programs: Throughout the year, we offer many spiritual growth programs, including events connected with UCD Pride Week, an Interfaith MLK Week, and Whole Earth Festival.
II. ROLES OF BOARD, CLERGY, AND STAFF
CA House Board of Directors and Community Committee
CA House is governed by a Board of Directors, composed of students and non-student affiliates. If residents have ideas or concerns that are beyond the responsibilities of the CA House Community Assistant, Community Coordinator, Office Administrator, or Campus Minister, they are invited to share them with the Chair of the Board of Directors. The Office Administrator can provide contact information for the Chairperson. Also, the Community Committee welcomes an MLC member to participate and serve as a student board member. Up to four students may serve on the Board each year.
CA House Clergy and Staff
Sara Tillema is the CA House Director/Campus Minister. The Campus Minister has responsibility for Christian Worship and programs, pastoral care, and interfacing with campus institutions and other campus ministries through the University Religious Council and Interfaith Campus Council. The Director’s responsibilities also include leading the staff, overseeing finances and property development, working with the CA House Board of Directors and Endowment Board and their committees, and overseeing the Multifaith Living Community.
Anna Kerr-Carpenter is the Community Coordinator. The Community Coordinator has primary responsibility for supporting the various ministries, managing the property and residents associated with the Multifaith Living Community, and overseeing all social media. She advertises, coordinates lease signing, and conducts moving in and out procedures.
Brett Kersten is the CA House Office Administrator. His responsibilities include finances, administration, human resources, and office tech support. For the Multifaith Living Community, the Office Administrator collects rent, processes PG&E deductions, and assists with the leasing process as needed.
Chris Hendrix-Chupa is the CA House Maintenance Coordinator. His responsibilities maintaining all of the buildings on the CA House property and responding to student maintenance requests.
The CA House Student Leadership Team consists of three part-time positions that act as support to CA House professional staff. The CA House Community Assistant lives in the Main House and has responsibilities for assisting residents and other staff of CA House. The Multifaith Intern provides programmatic and logistical support for the Wednesday Night Multifaith Program, while the Christian Intern provides programmatic and logistical support for the Monday Night Christian Worship.
Some academic years, we host a Seminary Intern from the Pacific School of Religion. The Seminary Intern’s responsibilities are established each year in a Learning and Serving Covenant and may include leadership in existing CA House programs as well as developing other programs.
The ministry and staff of CA House are supported by the Presbyterian Church (USA), the United Church of Christ, and the United Methodist Church. Along with the CA House Board Community Committee, they all enjoy getting to know and supporting Multifaith Living Community residents.
III. RESIDENT UTILITIES AND SERVICES
The student-operated UNITRANS bus system services Davis and is free to all UCD undergraduate students. Yolobus services Woodland and Sacramento, including the Sacramento International Airport, and has a stop right in front of CA House. Bus schedules may be obtained at the UCD Memorial Union Information Desk. For additional information, contact UCD Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) at (530) 752-8277 or www.taps.ucdavis.edu.
Residents may order cable television service at their own expense.
Electricity and Gas
Each townhouse is billed directly for utilities through PG&E. PG&E expenses are divided equally among all townhouse residents and deducted from your security deposit. At the end of the lease year, your security deposit refund will reflect all PG&E expenses and deductions accumulated upon move-out.
CA House’s insurance policies do not cover resident property. Residents should purchase their own renter’s insurance if they feel it is necessary.
Residents have free access to wireless internet service in the main house (in the program rooms). Each house may subscribe to an internet service provider at their own expense.
Main House Kitchen and Community Food
A stove/oven, a microwave, a dishwasher, a number of smaller appliances, cups, plates, and utensils are provided for the use of students and staff in the kitchen of the main house. Cupboards labeled “community dishes” are used for community dinners. At the Fall Retreat, there will be a moderated conversation concerning residents’ dietary needs, in order to establish guidelines for the Wednesday Night Multifaith Dinners. Please note that food items that are perishing must be disposed of immediately. Because CA House hosts events like Wednesday Dinner, there is often food left over from such events that all students and staff are welcome to use afterwards. Leftovers will be placed on the table in the kitchen for residents to take or placed in the refrigerator with printed labels indicating they are “Community Food.”
Additionally, the CA House Community Assistant lives next to the Kitchen. As such, it is important to be considerate to the Community Assistant by maintaining the quiet hours. No dirty dishes are to be left in the Main House kitchen sink. Please promptly wash any dirty dishes and put them in the dishrack to dry.
Each townhouse is equipped with a washer and dryer.
The following courtesies are strongly encouraged:
- Refrain from small loads if at all possible to save energy and costs
- Line dry items when possible to save energy
- Remember to empty lint catch in dryer after each load
Mail Service and Packages
One mailbox per house is provided for resident use and located in the sunroom of the main house. Resident mail will be placed in these boxes. Small pieces of outgoing mail with postage affixed can be put in the “outgoing mail” box outside the front door of the main house. Incoming packages are placed on the shelves underneath mailboxes. Residents are individually responsible for mailing any outgoing packages through outside carriers.
Parking and Bicycles
As a condition of the lease, residents owning vehicles must pay an additional cost per month of $35 for onsite parking. Parking spaces are offered on a first come, first served basis, and a total of 23 spaces are available onsite for residents. Residents shall not give permission to any other person for parking anywhere at CA House. Visitor parking is not allowed, except with the Landlord’s prior written consent.
All residents agree to display a CA House permit on their vehicles at all times and to park in their assigned location. Residents shall refrain from parking on neighboring streets. A condition of approval of the CA House requires that CA House inform its residents that they should not use neighboring street parking and that street parking be monitored to avoid impacts on the neighborhood. If CA House receives complaints regarding residents parking on neighborhood streets, CA House reserves the right to modify lease renewals, to give priority in leasing to persons without vehicles, or to take other appropriate action to maintain compliance with the car management plan.
Bicycle parking is available behind the main house. Bikes may not be parked or locked along the wheelchair ramps or stairs in front of the house. Bicycles will be periodically removed from the premises. There will be advance warning of when this will take place, including procedures to avoid its removal.
Trash and Recycling
Residents are expected to limit their trash and to recycle. Please empty any personal trash into the large rectangular bin in the trash house. All trash must be placed in the bin, and the lids must be able to close. Do not leave your garbage or recycling on the ground! It will not be picked up by the driver and will attract roaches!
Paper and plastic/glass recycling containers are also located in the trash house. Recycle as much as possible to reduce our carbon footprint. Break down all boxes prior to putting into or next to the recycling bins.
Abandoning furniture, electronics, appliances, or other large items in or next to the trash enclosure is prohibited – this is not a dump site! If you have special items that are in need of disposal and don’t know how to proceed, please contact a CA House staff member for help.
Please remember to help keep this area clean and safe for all residents to use!
IV. BASIC INFORMATION, POLICIES, AND REGULATIONS
Alterations and Decorations
As stated in Section 7 of the Lease Agreement, Conditions & Regulations, a resident “shall make no alterations, improvements or additions on the premises without the prior written consent of the CA House Board. If consent is obtained, the undersigned (resident) is responsible for removing any additions or improvements and returning the premises to their original condition. Failure to do so shall result in a charge for all costs associated with the required restoration. This charge shall be paid within ten (10) days after notification of charges. Screws, transparent tape, and gummed picture hangers, or other items damaging to walls, woodwork, or other parts of the building are prohibited. Pictures and other decorations may be hung with a hammer and nail or hangers of the type approved by the Office. Floor glides on furniture legs are recommended to prevent damage to the carpet.”
Antennas and Satellite Dishes
Antennas may not be placed outside bedrooms and satellite dishes are not allowed.
Breach of Lease
Any of the following are considered breaches of the lease: 1) failing to maintain eligibility; 2) failing to pay rent promptly; 3) unreasonably damaging or endangering CA House property or disturbing the other residents or their property; 4) violating other provisions of the Lease Agreement, including the rules and regulations outlined in your Lease Agreement; and 5) subletting or assigning room rights without permission from the CA House staff. There may be other actions that would constitute breach of lease not mentioned here.
Business, Operation of
No business is permitted to be established at CA House.
Car Washing and Repairs
No oil changes or major car repairs are permitted on CA House property. Car washing is not allowed.
Residents may not extend electrical power outside of their rooms by extension cords or any other means. Personal decorative lights may be installed only indoors.
Keys and Locks
The Office Administrator will change the front door code combination of the main house each quarter to protect the security of CA House. The new combination will be communicated to residents at least 24 hours before the change.
Lost House Key: If a resident loses a house key and is locked out, they may check out another key from the Community Coordinator during office hours or the Community Assistant after hours. The key must be returned ASAP. If that key is permanently lost, the lock to the house will be changed and a fee based on the cost of the service will be charged for all lock changes.
Duplicate Keys: If a resident wishes to have an additional key to his/her house, a formal written request with accompanying reasons must be submitted to the Community Coordinator for approval.
Moving Out: All keys must be returned upon vacating. A $10.00 fee will be assessed for any missing key.
To make a repair request, please click here. When a resident makes a repair request, it is understood as granting permission to enter their house or room to make repairs. A resident who has made a repair request is responsible for informing their housemates that a repair request has been initiated. For after-hours emergencies, contact the Community Assistant or other staff to resolve the situation. There is no charge to residents for routine maintenance, but repairs as a result of intentional or careless damage or negligence will be billed to the person responsible. Please contact the Maintenance Coordinator immediately if any pest control is needed in or outside of a bedroom.
When residents move in, the Community Coordinator will provide the combination to the front and back doors of the main house and a room/house key for their house. Upon arrival, a CA House staff member will perform a walk-through/room inspection to record any damage or repairs needed to the room before move in so that the resident will not be held responsible for them upon move out. Any existing damage must be reported within 7 days of move in or the resident will be held accountable. Waterbeds are not permitted.
Most leases end August 31, which means that all resident belongings must be moved out by August 31. All residents are required to perform a walkthrough with a CA House staff member and return all keys prior to departure. You can expect to receive more information regarding move-out procedures and expectations in mid-August.
Pets are not permitted under any circumstances, including any guest’s pet(s). The sole exceptions to this are service animals with proper documentation and the written consent of CA House staff. Any residents with concerns about the presence of a pet in their home are encouraged to bring it to the attention of the Campus Minister or Community Coordinator.
Recreational Vehicles/Boats/Trailers/Jet Skis
These are not permitted on CA House property at any time.
Due Date and Payment Instructions: Rent payments are due the first business day of the month and should be made via check or money order payable to “CA House” or “Cal Aggie Christian Association.” Residents may give their checks to the Office Administrator during office hours or place it in the “incoming mail” slot. DO NOT PUT IN OUTGOING MAIL SLOT.
We recommend that all residents sign-up for automatic bill pay through their bank. It is quite easy and only the following information is required:
Payee: Cal Aggie Christian Association
Address: 433 Russell Boulevard, Davis, CA 95616
Amount: (the amount you’re paying us)
Memo: [Your Name]
After scheduling a payment date, your bank will then simply pay us directly.
Please note that an account number is not necessary even if your bank asks for one. If they’ve made the account number a required field you can simply put in a random identifier (eg., [your last name]2017, or something like that). You can also set up bill to us as either an individual or a business. If you set us up as an individual, you can use “CA” as the first name and “House” as the last name. Checks made out to “CA House” are accepted by our bank as well as our official name “Cal Aggie Christian Association”.
If you decide to set up online bill pay for automatic monthly rent payments, please be sure to schedule in the time it takes the bank to prepare and mail the check so that we receive it by the 1st of each month. It can take the bank 3 to 5 business days to process.
If you have specific questions regarding how this works or need assistance setting it up, please contact a CA House staff member.
Rates: Rates are stipulated in the Multifaith Living Community Application. The MLC offers both market rate and affordable rents. Applicants must state at the time of application that they are applying for affordable rates, and must show income or financial aid verification. If an MLC resident later becomes qualified for affordable rents, they may show verification at any time during their lease and receive the affordable rental rate if there are any available.
Late Rent: If rent is not received by the 5th day of the month, it is considered delinquent and a $40 late fee is imposed. If a resident is late paying rent more than once, the tenant may be referred to the CA House Board of Directors who will meet with the tenant and either give a warning or begin eviction proceedings.
Scholarships: If you have been awarded a scholarship, you may deduct your monthly scholarship award amount from your monthly rent payment. However, if you choose to sublease your room at any point in the lease term, your scholarship is non-transferable. Your scholarship is awarded to you alone, and any sublessee will be expected to pay monthly rent stipulated on the Lease Agreement.
Right of Entry
The CA House Board or its agents may enter a unit as allowed by law for the following reasons: in case of an emergency; to make repairs, alterations, or improvements; to supply necessary or agreed upon services; to exhibit the room to prospective or actual workers and tenants; if a tenant has seemed to have abandoned or surrendered the room; pursuant to court order; or with the tenant’s consent. 24-hour advanced notice will be given except in cases of emergency, abandonment/surrender, court order, or if the tenant has given consent.
Room transfers may be granted at the discretion of the Community Coordinator.
Please see conditions in lease.
Residents may be held responsible for costs associated with clearing out drain pipes that have become blocked due to improper disposal of waste. To avoid these situations, please do not pour any oil, fat, or grease into the sink drains. Please collect cooled oil, fat, and grease in glass or metal containers with lids. Once full, these containers can be put in the regular trash. In the main house, food traps are in all sinks and must be used when doing dishes and emptied immediately following clean-up. Additionally, all residents are required to acquire and use a hair trap in all showers. If a hair trap is absent upon move-in, please contact CA House staff to receive one free of charge.
Window coverings/blinds are provided in the rooms. The window coverings/blinds are expected to be maintained by the resident. Failure to do so will result in damage charges billed to the resident.
V. STANDARDS OF BEHAVIOR
These policies are designed to clearly set forth the expectations for MLC residents. Living in community is not always easy, since people come from different perspectives and may have different expectations for how to live. Because MLC residents live in close proximity, have different ways of life, and are juggling the pressures of academic, work, and personal lives, occasionally conflicts can arise. These policies are intended to provide all residents with standards by which all can live, learn, and grow peacefully together. CA House is committed to the ideal that the Multifaith Living Community should compliment and foster all residents’ academic, personal, and spiritual development.
Residents are expected to abide by all CA House policies and regulations and the terms of their lease. Residents must maintain a high standard of responsibility. Residents who display inappropriate behavior towards themselves or others, exhibit an inability to live in community, or endanger themselves or others in any manner, are subject to action that may result in relocation or eviction. Also, please remember that everything that is illegal off-campus is illegal at CA House. CA House property does not insulate anyone from accountability for their actions.
Alcohol and Illegal Drugs
Residents and visitors must abide by all Federal and State Laws and CA House policies and regulations concerning alcohol possession, use, and distribution. No alcohol is permitted in front of the house, in the courtyard or in the parking lots. Bulk quantities of alcoholic beverages (e.g., numerous cans, kegs, etc.) and the delivery of alcohol by outside vendors are prohibited. All students should adhere to the federal law regarding drinking age. The illegal possession, use, distribution, or manufacture of other drugs is prohibited as defined by law on CA House property. Problem behavior while under the influence of alcohol or any other substance will not be excused or tolerated.
Each house group is encouraged to come up with a regular system for the sharing of household chores. Residents are requested to keep the main house neat and, when using community space, return rooms to the condition they were found.
Damage and Theft
Residents and their guests will be held liable for any damage or theft of CA House property in the townhouses or common areas of CA House. Bills for the cost of repairs will be charged to the individual(s) responsible. Residents are responsible for maintaining the interior and exterior of their rooms in a clean and safe condition. Residents will be held accountable for any room damage beyond normal wear. The CA House Board is not liable for any loss of or damage to a resident’s personal property. Rooms are subject to inspection upon 24-hour advanced notice by CA House staff. We request that residents keep their rooms clean and tidy while they are being shown to prospective residents.
Residents should notify the Community Coordinator if planning an extended leave from CA House (more than two weeks).
Firearms and Weapons
Weapons of any kind are prohibited at CA House, including but not limited to firearms, BB guns, air rifles, switchblades, swords, brass knuckles, and nun chucks. Residents with religious or other special reasons for having a weapon must discuss this with the Community Coordinator and receive permission to keep it at CA House.
It is unsafe and illegal to possess, store, or use any personal fireworks on CA House property or in Yolo County.
CA House seeks to live in harmony with neighbors on all sides of our property, keeping noise at a minimum overnight. Please also be aware that people live in the main house, and as such noise should be controlled while using community space. These same guidelines apply to those looking to study in the main house living room area.
The following are quiet hours:
Sunday to Thursday 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
Friday and Saturday 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
Noises and Disturbances
Noise is any sound that is disturbing to another person. Noise levels should be kept to a minimum. If a conflict about noise occurs, residents should take the initial responsibility to try to resolve it among themselves. By communicating with others in a calm manner, listening to each other, and being specific as possible about the nature and times of the problem noise, things can usually be resolved amicably. However, if this approach is unsuccessful, residents may discuss a noise problem with the Community Coordinator.
Any resident may request that any other resident cease any activity that is interfering with his/her ability to study, rest, or quietly enjoy the community. Music, televisions, video games, or conversations that can be heard in other rooms are considered too loud. However, please remember that rooms are not soundproof and that residents must be tolerant of basic “living noise.”
Parties and Events
No unruly or alcohol-focused events or activities are permitted on CA House property.
Each resident is responsible for his/her own self-care, which is defined as appropriate personal hygiene and management of medical illnesses and disability-related personal needs.
Harassment or abuse, physical or verbal, of any person will not be tolerated. This includes threats, physical fighting, domestic violence, sexual abuse, racist/ethnic/sexist/homophobic harassment, malicious pranks, and abusive name-calling. This also includes abuse/harassment that is communicated through e-mail, social media, regular mail, telephone, etc. Residents and their guests are expected to resolve all conflicts in a responsible, constructive manner. If you like staff mediation for any conflict, please reach out to the Campus Minister or Community Coordinator. If at any point you feel that you are endangered, please contact 911 immediately and notify a CA House staff member.
CA House is a non-smoking building and smoking is not permitted within the townhouses. CA House prohibits smoking within 20 feet of the building, as required by law. Smoking is permitted in outside designated areas. If residents or their guests smoke, they are responsible for disposing of any related litter in the trash can outside. Smoking includes but is not limited to cigarettes, vaping, hookah, marijuana, or illegal substances.
VI. SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
While CA House, its neighborhood, and the City of Davis are relatively safe, they are not immune to the realities of the world. Residents and their guests are responsible for the security and safety of their own persons and property. Residents will need to take precautions to secure personal property, such as locking townhouse doors, marking possessions, locking cars, and locking and registering bikes. Residents must also consider their personal security and avoid vulnerable situations. Residents should keep the Community Coordinator informed of their whereabouts and when they return if they leave CA House for more than two weeks. Report any suspicious activity and never leave outside doors unlocked, open, or ajar. Make sure that the outside lights are turned on between dusk and dawn.
Above all, the CA House Board and Staff hope that our residents will truly become a community—a group of people caring for one another and creating a strong residential life that allows everyone to live out their full potential. The policies in this Guidebook are meant to be supports in promoting a healthy community and in living out a vision that CA House holds for all communities. Please consider the Community Committee an integral part of this process and feel comfortable being in communication with us about whatever will help to make this shared vision of community become a reality. We honor and value each resident, and we appreciate each person in the CA House community.
Grace and peace,
The CA House Staff