The members of housing co-operatives are the people who use the services the co-operative provides. Members have the opportunity to become involved in the management of their co-operative and to vote on issues that are important to them.
Housing co-operatives can be involved in the building, management and maintenance of houses and apartments across various forms of tenure – rental and ownership.
“Profiles of a Movement“, a joint publication of Co-operative Housing International and Housing Europe, gives an excellent overview of co-operative housing around the world and can be downloaded here.
Co-operative housing in Ireland dates back to the 1950s. These were local, self-help, home ownership building co-operatives providing affordable homes for their members. In the 1960s and early 1970s, more co-operatives continued to be formed and, in 1973, NABCO (the former name for Co-operative Housing Ireland) was set up to represent co-operative housing nationally.
Starting in the 1980s, we have worked with local co-operative housing societies around Ireland to help develop social-rented co-operative homes. Since 1973 more than 3,500 co-operative dwellings for ownership have been developed and 2,400 rented homes continue to be managed by local co-operative societies.
A number of forms of co-operative housing are possible: