Articulating Value in Housing Co-operatives

Understanding the value of Australian Housing Co-operatives.

Australia has a persistent shortage of affordable, quality housing. Housing co-operatives are member-based organisations providing rental and owner occupied homes to members. They are associated with benefits for member-residents, including improved housing, improved senses of belonging and community, and employment and education outcomes. However, evidence for those benefits has gaps, so this study aims to develop a framework for assessing housing co-operative benefits and to develop a typology to identify the factors shaping those benefits. The project outcome will be an evidence base of what works in co-operative housing, which can benefit the country by providing a rationale for growth of and policy support for socially beneficial housing.

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