Located in the heart of Lawrence, KS, People's Owned and Operated Collective House (POOCH) is a not-for-profit organized by its members with the mission to develop and support sustainable cooperative communities. Established in the early 1970’s, POOCH has a rich history in Lawrence; the organization has played a role in the social and political environment of the city, often linking members to the broader community of Lawrence and cooperatives around the world.
Each of the three POOCH cooperative houses, Sunflower House, Olive House, and Ad Astra, have a unique and ever-changing culture. The houses were historically geared towards students but currently include a mix of members of all backgrounds. All three are located in the Oread neighborhood and are within walking distance of Lawrence’s historic downtown, grocery store, hardware store and the University of Kansas main campus.