Are you interested in affordable housing that doesn’t include landlords? Want to have a say in your home and your community? You can learn more about housing co-ops on Saturday, March 1.
Breaking the Mold – New Look Housing Co-ops
A public panel discussion on the co-operative model for affordable housing is being held on Saturday, March 1, to explore ways to create more co-operative housing opportunities for Manitobans. The panel will consist of housing experts from:
- Cooperative Housing Development Group
- SEED Winnipeg
- The Cooperative Housing Federation of Canada
- Province of Manitoba
This event will be targeted at how people experience co-op housing; specifically, the panel will explore:
- how the co-op model does (or doesn’t) help them to achieve their housing aspirations.
- whether those aspirations involve co-housing principles, such as “greener” living.
- notions related to intentional communities.
The discussion will take place at the Fort Garry Community Centre — Victoria Site (80 Derek Street) from 10:00 am – 11:45 am.
If you are interested in this opportunity, please email Cheryl Krostewitz or call her at 204-989-0096.
What is a housing co-operative and how does it work?
Housing co-ops are non-profit organizations that offer secure and affordable housing solutions, and build a deepened sense of community. Like other co-ops and credit unions, housing co-ops are run by their members, which puts the control into the hands of the residents rather than an outside landlord. Members elect a board of directors from amongst their peers and have a say in decisions that affect their homes. And like other co-ops, housing co-ops are guided by seven international co-operative principles:
- Voluntary and Open Membership
- Democratic Member Control
- Member Economic Participation
- Autonomy and Independence
- Education, Training and Information
- Co-operation amongst Co-operatives
- Concern for Community
Learn more about co-ops and their values, identity and principles.