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Housing Cooperatives

MR CORNWELL - Asked the Minister for Housing and Community Services - In relation to housing co-operatives in the ACT:

(1) How many housing co-operatives exist by name.

(2) How many properties does each hold.

(3) How many people officially can be accommodated in each property.

(4) How many properties were purchased through ACT Government funding.

(5) What was the level of funding in each case.

(6) Does each co-operative cater for a specific group of tenants and if so, what eligibility criteria does each co-operative impose.

(7) What steps are followed to set up a housing co-operative.

(8) Who manages housing co-operative houses.

(9) If self-managed, what control does the Government have over the asset.

MR CONNOLLY - the answers to the members questions are as follows:

(1) There are a number of low income housing groups in the ACT which operate along the principles of co-operative living. A housing group can be legally incorporated as either a co-operative society, a company limited or an association. In the ACT the majority of low income housing groups are incorporated as an association or as a company limited. There is currently one government funded low income housing group which is legally incorporated as a co-operative society. This is the Barton Housing Co-operative.

There are nine other government assisted housing groups which are managed co-operatively. These are the Household of Meagre Earners Association Incorporated; SEGAIS Association Incorporated; Peasants of Ainslie Collective Housing Company Limited; Juno Womens Housing Association Incorporated; Student Association School Without Walls Incorporated; Wyuna Community Incorporated; Meidalant Association Incorporated; National Brain Injury Foundation; and Havelock House Association

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