The Alliance Co-op is a non-profit housing corporation.
But, unlike other non-profit housing types, which are run by the city or the Province,
the Alliance Housing Co-op is under Federal Jurisdiction and therefore run by its
members. In order to live here, you must first become a member of the Co-op.
All members must volunteer a minimum of four hours
per month or 48 hours per year to support the democratic decision making process
and maintain our Co-op in good repair. Participation can take the form of providing
labour for maintenance and repair projects, assisting
in the upkeep of the common grounds areas, serving on one or more of the various
committees, or serving on the Board of Directors. The key to keeping our Co-op
strong and healthy is through the contribution and participation of our members.
As a direct result of the labour provided by our members, each one of us benefit
through housing charges that have been maintained at a reasonable level.
Another benefit of being an active member is becoming
part of a very close-knit community where neighbours watch out for one another,
and work together to accomplish some pretty amazing things.
The Alliance Housing Co-operative is run in a similar
fashion to most other non-profit organizations. Our basic structure consists
of a Board of Directors and a number of committees all of whom are volunteers
who take care of specific functions within the co-op.