After 40 years, housing co-ops needed more than ever

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The Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada celebrates its
40th anniversary with the publication of a new history of co-operative housing
in Canada.
Under Construction: A History of Co-operative Housing in Canada is a success story, built on the
principles and perseverance of people who just wouldn’t take no for an answer
in their pursuit of a place for housing co-ops in Canada.

"A small but determined group got together to lobby for
co-operative housing in 1968, and that has given birth to a powerful
movement," says Nicholas Gazzard, CHF Canada’s executive director.
"It is an extraordinary fact that the calls for more co-operative housing
in Canada
are heard loudest from housing co-op members, who seek nothing for themselves
but rather the advantage for others of what they already enjoy."

The official launch will take place at CHF Canada’s annual
general meeting in Toronto, on June 14, at the Westin Harbour
Castle. Author Leslie Cole
will speak to more than 700 housing co-op members from across Canada.

There are more than 93,000 co-op homes in Canada,
providing affordable housing for a quarter of a million Canadians. But the
number of co-ops cannot meet the demand for affordable housing. Most co-ops
have long waiting lists and the problem will become more acute as the
government funding programs that help house low-income residents come to an

CHF Canada members are working with other organizations and
calling on all levels of government to help the 4 million Canadians in core
housing need.

Delegates will not only celebrate 40 years of success, but
examine current housing needs and make plans for the future.