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We are an autonomous association that provides at cost housing for its members. Co-operatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. In the tradition of their founders, co-operative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility, and caring for others. If interested in applying for membership, fill out an application either here on our website or in the office. Please note that applications are processed in the order that they are received, as Rainbow Housing Co-operative is not a need based organization. Thank you.
Members of Rainbow Housing take pride in their joint ownership of the 87 unit housing co-operative located in the Northeast (Forest Grove) area of Saskatoon. The Co-op is close to schools, the university, shopping, and the downtown bus routes. The complex includes a variety of units ranging from one-bedroom garden apartments to four bedroom townhouses. There are 8 units that have been specially designed for physically disabled members.
Why do people choose the co-op alternative?
Housing is provided at cost so that financially it is usually more attractive. Since the co-op is jointly owned and managed, members have an opportunity to control cost by helping around the co-op. Each member has direct and equal control of the co-operative. Members attend general membership meetings to elect and give direction to the Directors who are also resident members of the co-op. Members can serve on the Board and/or on one of the working committees and become directly involved in setting and reviewing policies. Some committees are set up to address the social needs of the children and its members. It’s not all just work! Members can have fun too! There is a higher degree of “security of tenure” than a rental situation. As long as you abide by the rules and pay your charges, you have a right to live in your unit. As the members are working together to supply themselves with affordable housing, there is an opportunity to build an active, friendly and secure community.
What makes a co-op different than a rental situation?
There is no landlord, as members jointly own and manage the co-op. By doing this the members are offered a higher level of security of tenure in a co-op… it’s more difficult to make you move. It gives members a chance to affect the costs of the operation, which, in turn, impacts their housing costs. Members have a say in the maintenance of the co-op and in setting policies and bylaws. As a member, you must give 60 days notice that you intend to move out.