Self organised Housing Co-ops What can we learn?. David Rodgers. Executive Director CDS Co-operatives www.cds.coop President International Co-operative Alliance Housing www.icahousing.coop. What can we learn from the experience of housing co-operatives in the UK and Internationally?.
Executive DirectorCDS Co-operativeswww.cds.coopPresidentInternational Co-operative Alliance Housingwww.icahousing.coop
The Founders of Co-operative
1. Voluntary and Open membership
2. Democratic Member Control
3. Member Economic Participation
4. Autonomy and Independence
5. Education, Training and Information
6. Co-operation among Co-operatives
7. Concern for Community
Theme for 2010: "Co-operative Enterprise Empowers Women " 3 July 2010
Recognised by the United Nations and the International Labour Organisation as a consultative body
ICA Housing is a sectoral organisation of the International Co-operative Alliance.
It was established to promote the development of co-operative housing in all countries, and in particular developing countries, as an economic and social contribution to the problem of providing shelter.
It is hard for self-organised groups in communities wanting to set up co-operatives to navigate their way through the funding, legal and planning systems – to succeed they need access to appropriate professional advice and support and the resources to employ it
Co-operatives arebusinesses – and must apply sound business management, financial and risk management techniques
Like all democratic organisations, sound principled governance by residents is fundamental for success
(Best international example: the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada Vision 20:20 programme)
There are various reasons why your co-op should become accredited:
1. Our mission and values
2. Membership and community
4. Managing our money
5. Getting good services
your co-op can register at
Tiny sector but big impact: 0.6% of the UK’s housing supply BUT provides some potential answers to the current serious housing and community challenges:
Co-operatives are not elitist and are the most efficient managers of affordable housing providing the highest levels of resident satisfaction with their homes and services
Education and training of co-op members, potential members, politicians, staff and the public is essential and neglected at peril
(See the 5th Co-operative Principle – continuous education and training)
There needs to be a buy-in to housing co-operatives, as a positive housing option, from politicians locally and nationally
A national first
13 million people in the UK are members of a co-operative - a sector which has an annual turnover of £33bn in 4,992 Co-operative businesses. Co-operatives Fortnight is a new national campaign from the UK’s Co-operative sector to promote the co-operative model. It is the first nation-wide initiative designed to raise awareness of the co-operative model and the co-operative principles.
The fortnight is being organised by Co-operatives UK, the national trade body that campaigns for co-operation and Co-operatives Fortnight aims to: