Housing cooperatives offer an effective, participatory approach to affordable housing that can boost urban innovation and resilience.
What sets co-operative housing apart from other housing is that they are democratic communities where residents make decisions on how their co-op operates.
Vancity recently profiled Athlete’s Village Housing Cooperative as part of their effort support stable and affordable housing for our communities.
Accomplished U.S. affordable housing developer Doris Koo (Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.) keynote presentation at the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada‘s 2013 annual meeting in Calgary, Alberta. She explains explains to 600 co-op delegates how Canada’s co-operative housing movement can leverage over $5 billion in real estate assets to innovate and grow.
The Village is one of many short films created by a group of young media-makers discussing the housing crisis in Vancouver, BC, Canada, as part of the Housing Matters Media Project in partnership with the Housing Justice Project at UBC. Continue reading
Canada’s 2,200 housing co-ops provide secure, self-determined, community-oriented affordable housing to a quarter of a million people with wide ranging incomes and backgrounds. This short documentary visits five housing co-ops across Canada, interviewing members and managers about how co-op housing transforms neighbourhoods and improves people’s lives.
More than a home
Look for clip of the First Avenue Athlete’s Village Housing Co-operative (where I live) at 0:19, 0:33, 1:18, 2:08, 5:17, and 5:38.
This video was produced by Novel Pictures for the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada to commemorate the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives (IYC). It was selected as one of seven winners of the United Nations IYC Short Film Contest.