Living in co-op housing

Assessing the potential benefits of living in co-operative and/or community led housing (CCLH)

Living in co-op housing

A report into the benefits of CCLH, focusing on the experiences of individuals who have lived in a co-operative or community setting.

Over the years we have seen the softer benefits that can be achieved from living in CCLH, but we wanted to substantiate this by commissioning research that focused more on the voice of individuals and their experiences, and less on supporting organisations. We wanted to learn from the challenges as well as the benefits associated with developing and living in CCLH, as this is vital to developing a thriving movement in Wales.

Key benefits

In this research, residents living in co-operative and community-led housing (CCLH) schemes identified in their own words a large range of benefits that they have gained from living in their schemes. These included:

  • Improved skills
  • Increased confidence
  • Better physical health
  • Improved mental well-being
  • A better financial situation
  • Less loneliness/isolation
  • Greater community feeling
  • Increased ability to live in tune with their values and their environment.

Providers interviewed for this research also identified a wide variety of benefits arising from their CCLH schemes. These included:

  • Greater ease of letting of properties / reduced number of void properties
  • Lower incidences of rent arrears among tenants
  • Reduced number of complaints from tenants
  • Fewer instances of antisocial behaviour
  • Increased levels of resident engagement
  • Improved community cohesion.

This research was commissioned by Communities Creating Homes, which is delivered by Cwmpas, with support from DTA Wales. It is funded by the Nationwide Foundation and Welsh Government.