Artspace Housing Cooperative

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First - Is co-op housing right for you?

Potential members are encouraged to research housing co-ops.

Northern Alberta Co-operative Housing Association (NACHA) http://www.nacha.ca/ 

  • Has information on housing co-operatives in central and northern parts of Alberta
  • Organizes information sessions on housing co-operatives in general
  • Provides additional information on co-operatives


Canadian Housing Federation (CHF)

Has an extensive section under 'Education' with on-line courses, and print material. http://www.chfcanada.coop/eng/pages2007/home.asp


Canada Mortgage and Housing -

A  lengthy document that looks at housing co-ops in general in Canada.

 http://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/co/buho/gucoho/index.cfm


2. Attend an information session for housing co-ops in the area you wish to live

Attend NACHA orientation workshop

contact: http://www.nacha.ca/   or 780-482-6128 (attending this information session is required to apply at Artspace). Keep your receipt! 


3. Check out the co-op(s) you are interested in

If you are interested in Artspace, book an appointment to see a vacant unit (if available) by calling the co-op office at 

780-426-3472 (Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)


4. Follow the application process Application Form


Someone from Membership or our office staff will contact you for the rest of the process.


Most frequently asked question: 


How much is the rent (housing charges)?

Housing charges <a.k.a. rent> are based on our expenses. There are no hidden costs, and we are of non-profit status. Housing charges are our portion of the mortgage, utilities, maintenance, staff costs, saving for future maintenance costs and so forth)

Currently we have subsidies, but as the rules are changing over the next 5 years, we are unsure how we will handle persons with lower incomes. The federal government will need to make decisions about keeping housing co-ops across Canada affordable housing. We don't have answers to this dilemma just yet.


How long will I have to wait to be housed?


There is no set answer to how long an approved applicant waits for housing. Our wait list is constantly changing. It is extremely  important to be in touch with the Co-op with any changes in contact information, as well as income and/or the number of bedrooms needed as this could affect your place on the wait list. We need to fill vacant units quickly and time is of the essence, we will only try to reach you a couple of times, then we need to move to the next person on the list.