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  • How to Start a Housing Cooperative (Webinar 1)


  • Incorporating a Housing Cooperative (Webinar 2)


  • Cooperative Housing Development – Thinking Outside the Box ( Webinar 3)

Cooperative Housing Development – Thinking Outside the Box! Different groups around the world are using innovative financing tools to raise capital for their cooperative housing initiatives. However, they didn’t come by these ideas alone. By forming regional networks, collaborating, and networking they were able to pool their thoughts together to come up with innovative ideas, allowing them to move forward. This webinar is a conversation with cooperators and project managers developing cooperative and community-led housing in Europe and beyond. They will share their experiences and knowledge related to innovative financing models, the benefits of creating a regional network, and the challenges of developing a housing cooperative based on collective ownership in Central and Eastern Europe.


  • Leveraging Cooperative Housing Assets for Future Generations Webinar

Housing cooperatives have a unique ability to leverage their assets for the benefit of current and future members and their communities. Join us to hear about a variety of cooperative models from Canada, Germany, and the USA that manages assets to increase access to cooperative housing. Our goal is to share examples of how co-op asset management is a tool to effect social change, a value built into a co-op’s mission statement.


Board Meeting Presentations

  • Cooperative Housing in Estonia

This was a Facebook Live Event of CHI’s board meeting in Tallinn, Estonia June 6th, 2018. Mr. Andres Jaadla, President, Estonian Union of Co-operative Housing Associations (EKUL) gave a presentation on Estonian housing cooperatives. EKUL is an independent housing organisation that brings together 1400 co-op housing associations all over Estonia. It is the largest housing organisation in Estonia.


  • Cooperative Housing in Ukraine

This was a Facebook Live Event of CHI’s board meeting in Tallinn Estonia, June 6th, 2018. Knut Höller, Executive Member of the Managing Board for the Institute for Housing in Eastern Europe (IWO) presented information on an upcoming Symposium in Kiev concerning the Ukrainian Housing Market and adopting the cooperative housing as a model to help solve the challenges of implementing complex energy efficient refurbishments in typical multi-family apartment buildings in Ukraine. IWO is an NGO founded in 2001 to help develop market-oriented structures in the housing sector and the building industry in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, to foster sustainable urban development in the project regions and improve living and housing conditions in the project regions.


  • Cooperative Housing in Argentina/Cooperativa de Vivienda en Argentina

  • English

This was a Facebook Live taken in October of 2018 of CHI’s board meeting. Ricardo Buquete, President of Falucho Housing Cooperatives, explained Fonavi, a national fund for building housing, especially social housing. The fund comes from a fuel tax of 10 cents per litre and a portion goes to each province. If used correctly it would be 60,000 new units per year in Buenos Aires, but in reality, it is only 20,000 per year. It is used for covering current costs and thanks to lobbying pressures the funds are now being used as intended. The aim is to house people from the lower and middle classes who can’t access housing due to circumstances. Emergency housing is a state responsibility. Due to the lack of land, they have partnered with owners of suitable land, who are interested due to a longer 15-year lending period. With Fonavi, the amortization is over 15 years (180 to 240 installments with a 1% interest rate), which gives access to home ownership over a 15-year period. Otherwise, people have no access to home ownership and it comes at a lower price than renting.

  • Spanish

Este fue un Facebook Live tomado en octubre de 2018 de la reunión de la junta directiva de CHI. Ricardo Buquete, presidente de Falucho Housing Cooperatives, explicó Fonavi, un fondo nacional para la construcción de viviendas, especialmente viviendas sociales. El fondo proviene de un impuesto al combustible de 10 centavos por litro y una parte va a cada provincia. Si se usa correctamente, serían 60,000 unidades nuevas por año en Buenos Aires, pero en realidad, son solo 20,000 unidades por año. Se utiliza para cubrir los costos actuales y, gracias a las presiones de cabildeo, los fondos ahora se están utilizando según lo previsto. El objetivo es alojar a personas de las clases medias y bajas que no pueden acceder a la vivienda debido a las circunstancias. La vivienda de emergencia es una responsabilidad del estado. Debido a la falta de tierras, se han asociado con propietarios de tierras adecuadas, que están interesados debido a un período de préstamo más largo de 15 años. Con Fonavi, la amortización es de más de 15 años (180 a 240 cuotas con una tasa de interés del 1%), lo que le da acceso a la propiedad de la vivienda durante un período de 15 años. De lo contrario, las personas no tienen acceso a la propiedad de la vivienda y tienen un precio más bajo que el alquiler.

Member Forums

  • Cooperative Housing International’s 2020 Member Forum

What is Cooperative Housing? (Playlist)

  • Check out this playlist of 11 videos (32 including all 3 languages) of all the information you’ll need about cooperative housing! Videos are available in English, Spanish, and French.

As a member of a co-op, you’re an indirect owner. You either rent your unit from the co-op or hold member shares that give you exclusive use of a housing unit. Watch this video to learn more about cooperatives compared to other housing models.


  • Avantages des Coopératives D’habitation

  • Les coopératives d’habitation sont des organisations démocratiques contrôlées par leurs membres, qui participent activement à l’élaboration de leurs politiques et à la prise de décisions. Ils accueillent de nombreuses personnes différentes, y compris des personnes d’origines culturelles, de diversités et de niveaux de revenus différents. Regardez cette vidéo sur les nombreux avantages de vivre dans ce type de logement communautaire. Regardez cette playlist de 11 vidéos (32 incluant les 3 langues) de toutes les informations dont vous aurez besoin sur le logement coopératif ! Les vidéos sont disponibles en anglais, espagnol et français.


  • À qui S’adresse la Coopérative D’habitation ?

  • Les gens vivent dans des logements coopératifs dans plus de 70 pays et l’expérience de vie est très différente selon la coopérative. Le logement coopératif est idéal pour ceux qui veulent jouer un rôle actif dans leur communauté et participer activement à l’établissement de leurs politiques et à la prise de décisions. Cela ressemble-t-il à ce que vous recherchez? Echa un vistazo a esta lista de reproducción de 11 vídeos (32 incluyendo los 3 idiomas) con toda la información que necesitas sobre las viviendas en cooperativa. Los vídeos están disponibles en inglés, español y francés.


Podcasts (Playlist)

  • Coop Conversations is a podcast series presented to you by Co-operative Housing International and hosted by our Secretary-General Julie LaPalme. By listening to conversations we’ve had with people from various countries you will learn more about co-op living and why housing co-ops are such wonderful & unique places to live. Click here to listen and watch the Coop Conversations playlist on YouTube. Here are a few of the videos listed in the playlist: 


  • Sarah Jensen, Castlegreen Housing Co-op, Canada

In this very first episode of our new podcast series, we talk to Sarah Jensen, a university student from Thunder Bay, Canada, who grew up in Castlegreen Housing Co-op where she still lives today. Sarah describes the strong bonds she has formed in her community and how getting involved in her co-op and the wider co-op movement has influenced her and shaped her life so far.

  • Chan Hong, Minsnail Housing Co-op, South Korea

In this episode, we talk to Chang Hong, Facility Manager for Minsnail Housing Co-op in the Republic of South Korea. Chan discusses the origins and evolution of Minsnail Housing Co-op. It started off as a student housing civil organization in Seoul, South Korea that sought to create more affordable housing for students and young people. Ten years later, Minsnail Housing Co-op has 15 homes in three different cities. Join us for this conversation with Chan and find out more about Minsnail’s journey since 2011 and what the co-op is planning for the future.

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