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Converting a public housing project into a tenant-managed housing co-operative: A Canadian case study


The conversion of the Alexandra Park public housing project into the Atkinson Housing Co-operative took place from 1992 to 2003. The new co-operative represents an attempt to increase resident participation in the management of their housing community. Although there have been other efforts to increase resident participation, this is the first conversion of its kind in Canada, and as a result a new housing model has been created. This paper discusses this new model, referred to as a hybrid structure that contains elements of the co-operative and public housing models.

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Sousa, J., Quarter, J. Converting a public housing project into a tenant-managed housing co-operative: A Canadian case study. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment 19, 187–198 (2004).

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