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Housing Cooperatives Worldwide

Housing cooperatives exist on all continents in many different formats. You can find out more about cooperative housing by entering the name of a country below or by hovering over the Housing Co-operatives Worldwide interactive map.

CHI is collaborating with Urbamonde to share best practices in community-led housing via the Co-Habitat Network where collaborative housing groups and their support actors can enter details on development, financing, management and more in a digital platform.

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1 MILLION

Norwegians are members of housing cooperatives

11 MILLION

Polish citizens live in cooperatives

836

Housing cooperative organisations in the UK

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    Swedish Cooperatives

    CHI’s Secretary-General, Julie LaPalme, was in Stockholm, Sweden, in February 2020 where she met with two of CHI’s largest members, HSB and Riksbyggen. Both are large cooperatives offering cooperative homes for sale and for re ...Read More

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    Cooperative Housing International – 2018 in Review

    2018 was a busy year for CHI, involving many partnerships with various housing partners throughout the world. The first collaboration was in June with Housing Europe where we held our spring board meeting in conjunction with the ...Read More

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    April 2018 – Trailblazing Women in Housing Cooperatives

    For centuries women have been fighting for housing rights and many have turned to the cooperative model to provide security of tenure, affordability, and opportunities for member involvement. In this issue, we are featuring trailb ...Read More

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What is a Housing Cooperative?

What is Cooperative Housing?

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Housing cooperatives are jointly-owned, democratically-controlled enterprises designed to meet the common economic, social, and cultural needs of their members.

How Do I Start a Housing Co-op?

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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.

Who is Cooperative Housing For?

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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.

Benefits of Cooperative Housing

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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.

How Does Cooperative Housing Compare with Other Models?

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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.

How Do Housing Co-ops Keep Rent Affordable?

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Cooperative housing is designed to keep housing affordable and operates on a non-profit basis.

What's the Legal Framework of Co-op Housing?

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A cooperative is a legal entity owned and democratically controlled by its members.

Housing Co-ops for Sustainability

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Co-op housing communities worldwide are building a more sustainable future. Globally, cooperatives are working to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

How Housing Co-ops are Mitigating Climate Change

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Environmental protection and good business practices go hand in hand. Housing cooperatives around the world are leading the way with sustainability initiatives.

Why Become a Member of Cooperative Housing International?

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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.

Advantages of Being Part of the Wider Global Movement

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Cooperative Housing International (CHI) is one of the eight sectoral organizations of the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA). By being part of the ICA you gain access to CHI membership.

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