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Melina Morrison, CEO of Australia’s BCCM Calls for More Housing Cooperatives on Sky News Australia

The need for cooperative housing in Australia is on the rise as a solution to the country's rental crisis. Melina Morrison, the CEO of BCCM, is urging the Federal Government to allocate a more significant role for cooperative housing in their proposed $10 billion Housing Australia Future Fund, which aims to build 30,000 new social and affordable properties.Read More

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NASCO Properties buying 4 new co-op properties in Illinois, USA

Congrats to NASCO Properties for buying 4 new co-op properties in Illinois bringing their collective ownership portfolio to 20 buildings. NASCO Properties leverages equity from the buildings it owns to provide purchasing collateral to new or existing groups.Read More

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Obituary: Trevor James

The Dutch housing co-operative movement is mourning the loss of Trevor James, who died on 29 April at the age of 74 following a cardiac arrest, while on a nature walk in the UK. You can read CoopNews' obituary here.Read More

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International Social Housing Festival June 7 to 9 in Barcelona

We have the pleasure of participating in two side events during the festival. The first event is a panel discussion on Housing models & frameworks for environmental and social sustainability. This exchange explores how emerging and established cooperative and co-housing models are promoting social and environmental sustainability. The second side event is titled Community-led Housing for Students and Seniors. This session will explore how social housing and sustainable architecture can address housing insecurity for vulnerable groups, such as students and seniors. Read More

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HSB in Sweden Celebrates 100 Years

HSB, one of CHI's three members in Sweden, turns 100 years old this year. Congratulations! Johan Nyhus, HSB's chairman, and CHI board member, offered the following reflections on the centenary celebrations: "Together we can make a difference. That is what history has taught us, from the 1920s when the severe living conditions with overcrowding and housing shortages formed the idea: what if people got together and built their own houses? Houses and homes of a much higher standard than what was common at that time.Read More

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Welcome BCCM: CHI’s Newest Member

We are pleased to announce that Australia's Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM) is the newest addition to CHI's membership.  As the Australian government is increasing its interest in solving housing issues in Australia the BCCM wants to ensure that housing cooperatives are a significant part of that solution. Read More

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Member Forum May 17, 2023 9:00 EDST (15:00 CEST)

Member Forums are an opportunity to learn and share innovations and best practices within the cooperative housing sector. Guests include Tim Ross, Executive Director of the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada; Linda Seaborn, Senior Policy Advisor with the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals in Australia; and Tom Ivey, Community Development Manager with DotCoop Enterprises. Read More

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£1.2 Million UK Funding will Boost Energy Efficiency in Cooperative Housing

The Confederation of Co-operative Housing (CCH) in the UK was successful in its Consortium bid to the Department of Energy Security and Net Zero’s Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF). The fund will boost energy efficiency in the social housing stock across the country.Read More

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First Senior Housing Coop in Barcelona is a Model of Coexistence for Aging

The coop is aimed at over 50s and will have 26 homes built on public land (also a first!) The group has worked and debated on how it wants to live since 2015 and is clear that growing old in solitude is not in the cards. The coop will feature community spaces such as a kitchen to be shared between 4 or 5 homes, an urban garden and a treatment and physiotherapy room.Read More

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