Housing Co-operatives Addressing the Proximity Needs of Nova Scotians

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Doucet, Darlene
Brodeur, Karen
Lake, Alicia
Leviten-Reid, Catherine
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Nova Scotia Co-operative Council, Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network, Conseil Coopératif Acadien Nouvelle Écosse, Nova Scotia Government & others
This panel session at the 2012 Co-operating to Build a Better Nova Scotia Conference in Halifax explored housing co-operatives in the province of Nova Scotia. Karen Brodeur from the Co-op Housing Federation of Canada discussed opportunities and challenges of non-profit housing co-ops with the looming end of operating agreements. Darlene Doucet, Executive Director of the Le Conseil Coopératif Acadien de la Nouvelle-Écosse, introduced an equity model of co-op housing for seniors located in Chéticamp, and discussed how the housing was financed (including the use of CEDIFS - Community Economic Development Investment Funds), the layout of the building, and how the organization is governed. Catherine Leviten-Reid and Alicia Lake, both of Cape Breton University, explored the co-operative difference in the housing sector through a comparison of co-op and non-profit housing for seniors. The slides for Darlene Doucet's presentation are bilingual (English and French). There are no slides available for Karen Brodeur's presentation. The YouTube URI leads to an audio recording of all three presentations.