Fort St. John housing featured as Co-op of the Month

As part of the International Year of Co-operatives, CHF BC is selecting a Co-op each month that is an example of the slogan "co-operative enterprises build a better world".

Fiona Jackson, CHF BC Communications Director, says, "Huntington Place is an example of doing just that: providing housing where members live in safe affordable housing and have a role in shaping their community." The co-op is just over 30 years old, and provides affordable accomodation – $920 – $1009 for a two or three bedroom townhouse – in a city where the average rent is 1.5 to 2 times that cost.\

The townhouses are home to approximately 80 school-aged children and is considered a "safe community" by housing and maintenance co-ordinator Cina Wales-Green. "It gives single parent families the option to live in a community environment where they do not have to worry about the safety of their children because other members of the community will watch out for them," Wales-Green explains.

The community also has a multipurpose recycling centre which donates its refunds to its children's fund. A youth from the co-op is sponsored every year to go to a leadership camp in the summer.

In honour of the International Year, Huntington Place will hang the banners on the ends of the street facing buildings, and are looking to organize a joint celebration with other co-ops in town, like the bulk co-op and the credit union. The International Year of Cooperatives is intended to raise public awareness of the contributions of cooperative enterprises to poverty reduction, employment generation and social integration.
 

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Erica is a reporter for Moose FM and energeticcity.ca in Fort St. John, B.C. She grew up in Victoria, B.C. and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.