Open the door to co-op housing
ON OCTOBER 22, ONTARIANS 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.
TELL YOUR MUNICIPAL CANDIDATES TO HELP BUILD MORE 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.
Catherine Thompson, Waterloo Region Record: If there's one issue that defines Kitchener these days, it's growth. The city is the largest in Waterloo Region, with a population of about 235,000, making up about 44 per cent of the total population in the region....
Stacey Janzer, CBC News: Homelessness is on the rise in Windsor and affordable housing units are hard to come by. The city puts the number of families and people looking to get into social housing at nearly 5,000. Two years ago, the list was at 3,000. Read the full...
Megan Stacey, London Free Press: London city council is staring down a $228 million backlog in needed repairs to its public housing stock, a grim reality underlined by unsafe playgrounds cordoned off by caution tape at London and Middlesex Housing Corp. (LMHC)...