Co-op Living

What is a Housing Co-operative?
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A Housing Co-operative (housing co-op for short) is a group of people working together for a common purpose. In the case of a housing co-op, the group of people are the members who live there, who are working to provide affordable housing 

Housing Co-ops are different because the people who live there share responsibility and control of their homes. People who live in a co-op are not simply just residents or tenants. They are members, and that is important factor of our organization. As members, people in a housing co-op live and work side by side with one common goal - making their co-op a healthy, happy place to be.

How does a Housing Co-operative Work?

At Westwood Co-op, we are an independent, self-directed, and a legal corporation. The people living in our units form the membership of our corporation. Each member has one vote in the affairs of the co-op. Every year the members select, from among themselves, a Board of Directors to manage the affairs of the co-op. We also have a Property Manager who handles the day to day business of the co-op.

The mandate of Westwood Co-op is to provide affordable housing in a comfortable environment for its members. To be housed at Westwood Co-op, you must first be accepted as a member.

What Kind of Volunteering will I Participate in?

The demands are not great and Westwood Place Cooperative Homes does not have specific hours laid out for member participation; however, there are certain requirements to which a member must agree to be accepted for membership.

  • Pay your housing charges on time. 
  • Keep your unit and the grounds in good condition. 
  • Attend membership meetings. 
  • Help take care of the common areas around each unit. 
  • Be a good neighbour. 
  • Become involved in your co-op, come out to social activities, volunteer to become part of a committee.