BC Co-op Housing

The Co-operative Housing Federation of BC (CHF BC)



The Co-operative Housing Federation of BC (CHF BC) is a co-operative association whose members are housing co-ops and related organizations in British Columbia.

As a co-op member, you have security of tenure. This means that you can live in your home for as long as you wish if you follow the rules of the co-op and pay your housing charge (rent). As a co-op member, you have a say in decisions that affect your home. You and your neighbours own your homes co-operatively. Members form a community that works together to manage the co-op. Co-op communities are made up of all kinds of people - people with different backgrounds and incomes and special needs. These diverse and vibrant communities are the unique strength of the co-op housing movement.

Most co-ops have long waiting lists and you can generally expect a three-month to three-year wait. Waiting lists are longer if you require subsidy. Since most co-ops have their own list, you apply to each co-op separately. The CHF BC does not accept applications for co-ops.

Once you've been accepted to join a co-op, CHF BC runs two programs to assist those in special need to afford the initial share purchase: the Disability Trust and the Domestic Violence Relief Fund.