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Author Sousa, Jorge, author

Title Building a co-operative community in public housing : the case of the Atkinson Housing Co-operative / Jorge Sousa
Published Toronto ; Buffalo ; London : University of Toronto Press, [2013]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 256 pages) : illustrations, 1 map, 1 portrait
Contents Canadian public housing policy and programs -- Constructing a theoretical lens to understand the conversion experiment -- Exploring the circumstances that led to the conversion process -- Formalizing the conversion process -- Theoretical analysis of the Alexandra Park conversion process -- Extending the conversion experiment -- Afterword : pursuing the co-operative dream
Summary "Public housing projects were the original form of government supported housing for low-income residents. Over the last fifty years many projects have struggled with high crime rates and numerous social problems. One solution proposed to address these ongoing issues is granting residents decision-making power within their community by converting into a co-operative. Building a Co-operative Community in Public Housing follows the journey of a Toronto public housing complex as it was converted into a resident-operated co-operative, a first in Canada. Jorge Sousa traces the story of Alexandra Park, which became the Atkinson Housing Co-operative in 2003 after a ten-year conversion process. Sousa, who himself was raised in the community, provides an empirical account of the contributing factors that influenced its decision to pursue community-based control, as well as the experiences of both residents and government officials engaged in this process. Finally, Building a Co-operative Community in Public Housing offers a framework for other communities facing similar circumstances who want to learn how to go about undertaking this process."--Page [i]
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Atkinson Housing Co-operative (Toronto, Ont.) -- Case studies
Housing, Cooperative -- Ontario -- Toronto -- Case studies.
Public housing -- Ontario -- Toronto -- Case studies.
Alexandra Park (Toronto, Ont.) -- Social conditions -- Case studies
Genre/Form Case studies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1442666374 (electronic bk.)
9781442666375 (electronic bk.)