Open the door to co-op housing
IN JUNE, ONTARIANS VOTED IN THE PROVINCIAL ELECTION.
IN OCTOBER, WE HEAD BACK TO THE POLLS FOR MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS.
Many low- and middle-income households in Ontario are feeling the squeeze in the housing market. Co-ops are part of the solution. We need all levels of government to come to the table to fix the affordable housing squeeze.
WE CALL ON ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT TO OPEN THE DOOR TO CO-OP HOUSING.
Check out the stories from co-op members from across Ontario
The 2,500-strong community — diverse in ethnicity, age and family makeup — has been a driving force of Atkinson Co-op for over 50 years.
Tamil Co-op Homes has gone through many changes since it was built in 1984, but it has always been a model of what a safe, inclusive and diverse community can look like at its very best. The original purpose of the co-op was to provide housing for Tamil refugees. Today, the largest ethnic groups represented at the co-op include members of Tamil, Burmese, Vietnamese, Filipino and Ethiopian heritage.
Growing up in Castlegreen Housing Co-operative, Sarah Jensen can’t remember a time before she started volunteering. At 7, she was sweeping up after community events. At 14, she became the co-op’s Community Garden Coordinator. And at 18, she became the youngest person ever to join her co-op’s Board of Directors.
The way Quinton Rodriques describes his childhood at Cole Road Co-op in Guelph, Ontario, brings to mind idealized visions of a long-ago era: “I always knew I could just knock on a neighbour’s door. All the kids from the co-op would play outside together all day, until it was time to come home for dinner.”
Your story matters
Here’s your chance to share your experiences with co-op housing. Tell us how living in co-op has made a difference for you – or share a great story about an experience in your co-op. You can do it with words, photos, video - or any combination of all three. When you have something to share, just send it to us.
Teviah Moro, Hamilton Spectator Millions of dollars to upgrade Hamilton's aging social housing stock has evaporated with Ontario's mothballed cap-and-trade program. About $17 million in funds for repairs and retrofits aimed at improving the energy efficiency of...
Teviah Moro, Hamilton Spectator Affordable housing advocates worry the conversion of a large downtown apartment building to condos will further diminish the supply of reasonable rental units in Hamilton. Read the full story...
Taylor Blewett, Ottawa Citizen In late 2017, local realtor Steve Peippo started noticing something exceptional was going on in Ottawa’s residential rental market. Prospective tenants competing for rental properties were offering more than the listed price, or...