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Cooperative Housing Program
In a housing cooperative ‘the members are the landlord.’ Members work together to keep their property and their community running well. The aspect of shared control and responsibility makes co-ops different from renting or owning.
Co-op housing isn’t for everyone, but it’s ideal for people who want to be involved with their neighbors in creating community.
Financially, joining a co-op is like renting: members do not buy any real estate. The level of security, control, and responsibility involved in co-op living amounts to an ‘ownership mindset’ without the financial investment of buying a home. All members are required to take part in running their co-op in some way, and this experience of working together creates a strong sense of community.
CHT Co-ops at a glance:
We have six co-ops in the Burlington area with a total of 121 apartments. The co-ops range in size: the smallest, House of Hildegard, has just three apartments, while the Bright Street co-op has forty. Each co-op has its own character.
FAQ About the Co-ops:
Q: How often are there openings at the co-ops?
A: We see an average of 6 to 8 vacancies a year among all the co-ops. Since openings are hard to predict, people who need housing within a few months should also look for rentals and think of the co-ops as a longer-term option.
Q: What qualities do co-ops look for in their members?
A: Co-ops look for people who enjoy working with others and who bring a good approach to problem-solving and social interaction.
Q: How much time do members have to commit to co-op work?
A: Members may spend 4 to 10 hours a month on their co-op duties, depending on the roles they take on.
- Bright Street Co-op
- Flynn Avenue Co-op
- House of Hildegard Co-op
- Queensbury Housing Co-op
- Rose Street Artists' Co-op
- Thelma Maple Housing Co-op