People who are interested in having a say in designing their own homes are being invited to consider co-operative housing as part of a new initiative in Waterford City. An information evening on the idea will take place on Wednesday, 27th April, 2016 at The Granary on Hanover Street in the City at 7pm.
Co-operative Housing Ireland is the organisation promoting the initiative in Waterford and they have been helping local groups to deliver homes since 1973. More than 3,500 homes have been delivered by home-ownership co-operatives across the country since the movement started.
Housing co-ops work by keeping costs low through sharing the fees for architects and planning and by dealing with a single building contractor. Often groups contribute to the construction of houses themselves, for example, by completing final internal decoration.
One of the main costs in any housing project is the cost of the site itself. One option can be to obtain a low cost site from a Local Authority. Here, Waterford City and County Council have indicated their support for co-operative housing, and have said that they would consider providing low cost sites if a group came forward.
Jonathan Bevan is Regional Development Manager for Co-operative Housing Ireland and he will be hosting the information evening at The Granary. Ahead of the event he said: “co‑operative housing can be an attractive option for families and households who want a say in designing their own home but who also want to manage the cost of housing”.
He continued: “One of the real strengths of co-operative housing is that it helps to build really strong communities because neighbours will be working closely together throughout the design and build of their own street or neighbourhood.”
A typical housing co-operative will consist of around ten households who will work together on all stages of the building project. The event at The Granary on 27th April will give more information on the co-operative model and invite households to consider learning more about forming their own group for the Waterford City area.