| Catalogue of training and information tools on community participation in human settlements |
FILM 1: CO-OP HOUSING - THE BEST MOVE WE EVER MADE
FILM 2: CO-OP HOUSING - GETTING IT TOGETHER
ACCOMPANYING BOOKLET: CO-OP HOUSING,
WRITTEN BY: ANDY TAYLOR AND CATHERINE MACLEOD, CANADA, 1975
PRODUCED BY: THE CANADIAN NATIONAL FILM BOARD
AVAILABLE FROM: NATIONAL BOARD LOCAL DISTRIBUTION OFFICES OR THE CO-OPERATIVE HOUSING FOUNDATION OF CANADA, SUITE 401, 56 SPARKS STREET, OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA, K1P 5A9.
COST: FILM NO. 1, 16MM, COLOUR, 22 MINUTES, $US 395
FILM NO. 2, 16 MM, COLOUR, 23 MINUTES, $US 455
HIRE TERMS ALSO AVAILABLE FROM CANADIAN FILM BOARD AND SOME CANADIAN EMBASSIES.
CO-OP HOUSING - THE BEST MOVE WE EVER MADE explores housing co- operatives as an alternative form of housing. The film is presented by some people who are living in such dwellings where the housing is owned and operated by people as users, not as investors. GETTING IT TOGETHER deals with the planning and procedures involved in setting up a co-operative, whether it means building housing or buying and rehabilitating existing housing. People living in different kinds of co-operatives talk about them and how they function. Both films contain interesting graphics to introduce the stages of co-operative development, and co-operative members speak at length of the advantages as well as some of the obstacles of co-operative housing.
The accompanying booklet gives in-depth detail about the development process of co-operatives. It addresses some of the questions which are commonly raised, suggests how to go about setting up a co-operative and outlines the process of buying and rehabilitating existing housing or acquiring land, managing the construction process. It is not intended to be a step-by-step guide; rather, it provides an overview of the entire process for groups in the formative stages and is aimed at familiarizing them with some of the mechanics of starting a housing co-operative.
The films and the booklet are specific to the Canadian context and, therefore, contain terms which would not apply in other countries. Nonetheless, since the films deal with broad issues, such as organization, management and participation, they could be useful to stimulate discussion among groups who are considering co-operative self-help housing as an option.