A housing society is a distinct type of property ownership arrangement where ownership of property and homes is vested in an entity or organization rather than individual residents. Discover the various types of cooperative housin ...Read More
This Canadian report, released in November 2022, compares the occupancy charges (rents) of rental housing co-ops to those of similar rental properties in the private market. The study examined housing charges in Vancouver, Victoria, Edmonton, Toronto, and Ottawa between 2006 and 2021.Read More
Ce rapport canadien, publié en novembre 2022, compare les droits d’occupation (loyers) des coopératives d’habitation à loyer à ceux d’immeubles locatifs similaires sur le marché privé. L’étude a examiné les droits d’occupation des villes de Vancouver, Victoria, Edmonton, Toronto et Ottawa entre 2006 et 2021.Read More
In this latest episode, Thom Armstrong, the CEO of the Co-operative Housing Federation of British Columbia in Canada, joins us. Blase Lambert is also with us, serving as Treasurer on the Board of Cooperative Housing International. ...Read More
What is causing the global housing crisis and how can circular economics and cooperation help fix it? Circular economics and cooperation can help address these challenges by promoting sustainable building practices, reducing waste, and increasing access to affordable housing.Read More
Date: October 5 2023 Time: General Assembly starts at 10:00 EDST, 16:00 CEST, 22:00 MYT Board meeting starts at 10:30 EDST, 16:30 CEST, 22:30 MYT General Assembly: Election of up to four at large board positions. Interested cand ...Read More
What is a Housing Cooperative?
Housing cooperatives are jointly-owned, democratically-controlled enterprises designed to meet the common economic, social, and cultural needs of their members.
CHI is a mutually supportive community of cooperative housing federations and associations in over 70 countries. Join Cooperative Housing International (CHI) and become part of the international cooperative movement.
Environmental protection and good business practices go hand in hand. Housing cooperatives around the world are leading the way with sustainability initiatives.
Co-op housing communities worldwide are building a more sustainable future by working towards meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This blueprint sets out targets for achieving a more equitable and sustainable future.
A cooperative is a legal entity owned and democratically controlled by its members.
Cooperative housing is designed to keep housing affordable and operates on a non-profit basis.
When you join a housing co-op, you become part of a democratic community. You join a housing co-op by purchasing shares of the co-op that owns the property. As a member of a co-op, you’re an indirect owner.
Housing co-ops welcome many different people, including those of different cultural backgrounds, diversities, and income levels. Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions.
Cooperative housing is great for people who want to take an active role in their community. Everyone is welcome in cooperative housing. Some co-ops are focused on providing housing for lower-income individuals, some are family-oriented, others are focused on seniors.
So, you want to start a housing cooperative? Where do you begin? First, gather your core group of members and define your goals. Then decide which co-op model is best for you. Different models are available depending on the country you are in.
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