|Re: Danish low income housing (LATE)||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Cohousing-L Listmgr (fholsonmtn.org)|
|Date: Thu, 30 May 1996 08:44:28 -0500|
Nitsan Vardi <eminv [at] unidhp.uni-c.dk> is the author of the message below from Fri, 3 May 1996 but due to a list admin problem it was posted by the COHOUSING-L list manager: owner-cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org ******************** FORWARDED MESSAGE FOLLOWS *********************** I am NOT an expert on this subject but: I suppose this refers to legislation inteneded to promote 'better' communities by extending financial support to projects that included some common facilities, and had a very specific economic organisation - the 'andelsboligforening' (formally, the association owns the real-estate. Members have rights to a house/apartment ). Some cohousing communities used this form - but it is not really low-income housing. The government would pay a part of the interest on the building loans. Then commercial developers realized that here was another public gold mine, and soon most of the allocations went to commercial developers who, at best, built a minimal common house, offer the houses for 'sale' on the usual market, and make a fortune with full public securities. ('sale' because formally you join an association rather than buy a house). I don't think that any of these developer-driven projects evolved into a real cohousing community. When we tried (in 1990 -91) to start a cohousing community, we found out: 1) we would have to wait two years to get public funding, because commercial developers were ahead of us in the queues everywhere. the municipal authorities URGED us to forget the idea of running our own project, and join the commercial developer's project instead! Obviously, they didn't like working with a self-organised group. 2) Because of red tape and very tight specs for the publicly funded building, there were no real savings in the public aid, compared to a usual, completely self-funded project. By the time we knew all this,(it took two years) the core group dissolved, and we ended up buying a house in the then-20-year-old cohousing community, Saettedammen (which was a good thing by itself, because it is a GOOD community). I know of one experiment where an existing, very active, cohousing community attempted to support building a rented-apartment-based cohousing community nearby. I have no idea what became of that project. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- ___ __ Nitsan Vardi \ \ \ \ \ \/ \ \ Saettedammen, Denmark \ \ \ \ _\ __\ e-mail: eminv [at] unidhp.uni-c.dk \ On Fri, 19 Apr 1996, Judy wrote: > > We have a very old (? 1989) video, I think from ABC news, saying that the > Danes were now building large low-income developments as clusters of cohousing > communities. > > Does anyone know how that has worked out/played out? I had an inquiry about > low-income housing recently, and I remembered and wondered. > Judy >
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