Podcast: Saving a Housing Co-op

  10 February 2023

Let’s Talk Housing: a Podcast by BC Housing

British Columbia is in the grips of a housing affordability crisis decades in the making. The provincial government has an ambitious plan to tackle the crisis through the largest investment in housing affordability in B.C.’s history.

Tasked with building tens of thousands of homes in hundreds of communities is BC Housing, the agency responsible for developing, managing, and administering a wide range of subsidized housing and homelessness services across the province. BC Housing doesn’t do this alone, they work with hundreds of partners. In this podcast series, you’ll hear from those tackling the crisis head on.

S2E9 – Saving a Housing Co-op

More than 30,000 people live in co-op housing in BC. Together, co-op members are creating homes and communities. Like other housing groups, co-op members face challenges, aging buildings and higher construction costs.

Sara talks with Thom Armstrong, CEO, Co-operative Housing Federation of BC and Tiffany Duzita, Executive Director, Community Land Trust. They discuss how partnerships, committed co-op members, and access to financing from partners like BC Housing and Vancity help co-ops thrive.