Habicoop, who is it? The original association was created 12 years ago. It became the French Federation of Housing Cooperatives in 2015 and federates about twenty cooperatives. What’s a housing cooperative? Its … Read More
Article in The Walrus (Apr 21, 2017) on the housing affordability crisis in Canada’s two major cities and how collective and decisive government action around housing affordability is crucial.
This video features six organisations that are coming together to create the urbaMonde Platform of Social Production of Habitat, aiming to give a voice to the people who create new innovative housing solutions on a grassroots level. Organizations involved: Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI), Asian Coalition for Housing Rights (ACHR), Habitat International Coalition (HIC), Co-operative Housing International (CHI), Grounded Solutions Network (GSN), Building and Social Housing Foundation (BSHF).
This video captures a roundtable discussion on community-led housing, access to land, technical assistance, finance and examples of successful policies and collaborations, bottlenecks and challenges. in Geneva, Switzerland, March 2017. The roundtable discussion was part of a three-day planning meeting for the urbaMonde Social Production of Habitat Platform.
New-Co-operative-and-Community-led-Homes-2017 is a basic guide for community groups, local authorities, housing associations, housing co-operatives and others in the UK who are interested in exploring the development of new co-operative and community-led homes.
This Co-operative Housing Toolbox is designed for use by housing cooperative boards of directors, resident members and co-op partners. It defines what a cooperative is, highlights the history of the cooperative movement, explains how co-ops are managed and governed, explores what co-op members can do to recognise and weed out problems early on and provides guidelines that allow the best elements of cooperative living to take root and grow.
Housing cooperatives are defined primarily by their legal structure: coop members own the housing collectively through shares in an organisation, rather than individually, as with a condo. Residents also govern the housing democratically, either directly or through elected representatives. Not just for students, coops can be home to support groups of low-income families, artists, elderly, disabled, and people with a common purpose