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Cooperative housing facing the financial and housing crises

Faced with the growing power of real estate speculation at international level, whose effects have been felt particularly in the USA and a good number of European countries, particularly in Southern Europe, the international meetings in Lyon, France (UCLy- 5 July 2013), propose to make a start on developing a comparison (and not an opposition) between the Latin and Anglo-Saxon models arising from social cooperation and their application in the area of affordable housing:  the "Community Land Trust" representing the Anglo-Saxon model and "Latin cooperatives" of inhabitants as the Latin model.

We will be revisiting the operational principles  of these cooperative housing  organisations, to verify that they are well-founded, but also to consider any limitations they may have.  We are also interested in the historical roots of these Latin and Anglo-Saxon cooperative movements.  We would like to develop a more precise understanding of contemporary developments  within these cooperative groups (USA, GB, Italy, Spain, Uruguay, etc.) and the strategies  (fiscal support policies, delegation of the right of preemption to cooperative groups, core funding, ethical finance, "time banks") implemented by the actors involved (central agencies, local authorities, private actors, etc.).

The meetings will be based on four round table discussions (with simultaneous translation).


International meetings in Lyon on comparative cooperative housing , organised by the international Chair of "Habitat coopératif & Coopération  sociale"  (CHAIRECOOP ), will take place on:

Friday 5 July 2013.  Amphitheatre of the Université Catholique de Lyon.  9 am - 4.30 pm  (UCLy France).

Entitled: "Faced with the international financial and housing crises, what can we learn from the practices of cooperative housing?  Comparisons between the Latin and Anglo-Saxon models".

  • Morning reception (with coffee) from 8.30 am
  • ROUND TABLE 1 / Financial value, non-financial value or non-value?  Faced with housing and real estate speculation, how can we measure the contribution of the cooperative economy to the affordable housing sector?
  • ROUND TABLE 2From squatting (or illegal occupation) to housing cooperatives, where should the legal limits be with regard to the production of affordable housing?
  • ROUND TABLE 3How do inhabitants cooperatives contribute to the renewal of social democracy?
  • ROUND TABLE 4 / Inhabitants cooperatives, from North and South, exceptional stories of origins and development.

Registration is mandatory  for entrance into the UCLy amphitheatre (around 340 places). FREE  for individuals, students, unemployed.

Attached are two notes specifying the themes, the questions addressed, the round tables, the network of researchers, NGOs, and charities involved, and the supporting institutions of the chair.

These international meetings have received support from the Rhône Alpes regional authority , ENTPE (Université de Lyon), Labex AE & CC. CRAterre  (ENSAG), the Fondation Crédit Coopératif , the Fondation de France,  the group Caisse des Dépôts  (research group) and the Université catholique de Lyon (UCLy ).

Organisations invited and members of the steering committee: City College of New York (USA), Hunter College of New York (USA), Burlington associates (USA), CLT Network (USA), Picture the homeless New York (USA), Community Self Build Agency (GB), Unione Inquilini (Italy), International Alliance of Inhabitants, University of Palermo department of urbanism & architecture (Italy), Roma Tre University Laboratorio Arti Civiche (Italy), Doctoral school of the University of Seville (Spain), Repensar Bon Pastor collective( Spain), Unidad Permanente de Vivienda – Faculty of Architecture, Montevideo (Uruguay), FUCVAM (Federacion uruguaya de cooperativas de vivienda por ayuda mutua), AE & CC CRAterre (France), Les compagnons bâtisseurs (France), Habicoop (France) Habitat & Humanisme (France), AITEC (France).

Lugar para o qual este artigo se aplica

O(A) seguinte Tradutor(a) Voluntário(a) pelo direito à moradia sem fronteiras da AIH colaborou com a tradução deste texto:

Juliette Rutherford


Limitations in the Cooperative Housing model

All the best with your deliberations on this most important topic.

I do hope you will take on board the point that because we have made land into a commodity, whether the purchaser is a private individual, a speculator/developer or even a Co-operative Housing group, they are all bidding against each other for land ownership. Even in the case of Co-ops, participation in this bidding war inflates the cost of housing for those not lucky enough to be able to be part of the co-op. This is an unsustainable model which is actually making the problem worse.

If secure and sustainable housing is the objective I would strongly encourage you to put your resources behind public housing instead and to encourage social participation for the unemployed in sustainable neighbourhood development through projects like NTW (Neighbourhood that Works - see http://ntw.net46.net/NTWmodel/NTWModeloverview.htm)



Importantes eventos,nos es difícil asistir pero desde Popayàn Colombia los mejores deseos.
Esperamos nos hagan llegar sus conclusiones,serán de mucha utilidad para nuestra lucha DE BASE por el derecho a la vivienda.
Saludo fraternal

Bloque por el derecho a la vivienda adecuada y digna.

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