Anyone who knows housing co-ops will tell you that they are much more than bricks-and-mortar or a roof over your head. Housing co-ops are made up of people who form a close bond of association and work together as co-owners to provide safe, secure and affordable homes for their members.
Co-op housing is not public housing. Co-ops are self-governed, mixed-income communities, home to people of all ages and backgrounds. This diversity is one of the co-op movement’s greatest strengths. As a co-op member, you have a say in decisions that affect your home. You and your neighbours own your homes together, which means you have a say in how they are managed.
Co-ops are communities in the truest sense of the word. While it’s common to hear people in other forms of housing say they don’t know or never speak to their neighbours, co-op members live and work together to create homes in active communities.