Research from Canada shows there is a causal connection between the proportion of community housing within the overall housing stock and gains in economic productivity. The Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA), Housing Partnership Canada, and sector partners commissioned Deloitte to produce a study on the economic value of protecting and building more cooperative and non-profit housing.Read More
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
Read about CHI's first interview in the pilot phase of the International Legal Research Analysis Initiative (ILRAI), the International Financing of Young Housing Cooperatives in Central and Eastern Europe workshop, the latest Coop Conversations podcast episode with ROC USA, a summary of Victoria Falls Housing Coop in Zimbabwe and more....Read More
Our November newsletter is here! Discover more about our upcoming legal research project, our participation in the Global Innovation Coop Summit, a profile of re-elected board member Mike Duru and much more! Read More
In this edition we announce CHI's General Assembly and Board Meeting in October. We also provide a summary on a CHI Member Forum held in May. Listen to housing experts from Canada and UK delve into the advantages and disadvantages of housing cooperatives on leased land in our latest Coop Conversations podcast episode. Read about the International Social Housing Festival in Barcelona in June where housing providers, policymakers and housing advocates from 82 different countries discussed housing challenges and solutions.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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