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23 OCTOBER 2017 UPDATE: From 17 September to 16 October 2017, an online survey was run seeking co-op and member feedback on the five considerations that CEHL proposes the Board use in its decision-making regarding the VHR.

For each consideration, respondents were asked two questions:

  • Do you think this consideration is relevant to the Board’s decision-making? (Yes / No response)
  • Do you have any feedback on this consideration? (Free text response)

The table below sets out responses to question one and summarises the breadth of responses received to question two.

Consideration
Do you think this consideration is relevant to the Board’s decision-making?
Do you have any feedback on this consideration?
Opportunities that the VHR presents
Yes – 77%
No – 23%
Feedback ranged from concerns about the lack of detail on the funding opportunities and that growth would come at the expense of the Program’s independence and autonomy through to recognition that the VHR will provide the Program with a much needed increase in possible applicants
Potential impact on co-op viability
Yes – 92%
No – 8%
Feedback ranged from concerns about possible impacts on co-op participation, governance and autonomy to select members, implications for maintenance budgets due to 75% of new members being on lowest incomes, the Program being ill-equipped to assume a support service role and a loss of identity as a co-operative housing program through to recognition that the Program has social housing obligations and already has a mix of lower and higher income households
Potential impact on Program viability
Yes – 85%
No – 15%
Feedback ranged from concerns about possible weakening of the Program’s independence and identity, the impact on Program engagement if new members have not specifically identified co-op housing as a preference and a sense that Program growth might not be in best interest of current co-ops through to acknowledgement of the importance of the Program’s financial viability and the opportunities that external funding presents
Potential impact on Program reputation
Yes – 69%
No – 31%
Feedback ranged from concerns that opting in may have a negative impact on the Program’s reputation and uniqueness, a view that opting out may enhance our reputation and emphasise our independence through to recognition that additional funding will allow the Program to grow and increase its reach
Possible implementation challenges
Yes – 92%
No – 8%
Feedback ranged from concerns about the cost of implementation, the potential need to fund a support service function, the potential that co-ops will need to interview a large number of applicants in order to find a suitable member, implementation challenges for specific co-op types and a view that the government is transferring its problems onto us through to a view that previous experience has shown that co-ops will be able to adapt


Survey respondents were also asked if there were other considerations that the Board should take into account in its VHR decision-making. Respondents used this opportunity to:

  • emphasise the importance of maintaining our identity as a co-operative housing program
  • highlight the potential threat to co-op viability if the Program opts in
  • acknowledge the new funding opportunities that opting in will bring
  • express concern that the government is transferring its problems onto the Program.

23 OCTOBER 2017 UPDATE: From 17 September to 16 October 2017, an online survey was run seeking co-op and member feedback on the five considerations that CEHL proposes the Board use in its decision-making regarding the VHR.

For each consideration, respondents were asked two questions:

  • Do you think this consideration is relevant to the Board’s decision-making? (Yes / No response)
  • Do you have any feedback on this consideration? (Free text response)

The table below sets out responses to question one and summarises the breadth of responses received to question two.

Consideration
Do you think this consideration is relevant to the Board’s decision-making?
Do you have any feedback on this consideration?
Opportunities that the VHR presents
Yes – 77%
No – 23%
Feedback ranged from concerns about the lack of detail on the funding opportunities and that growth would come at the expense of the Program’s independence and autonomy through to recognition that the VHR will provide the Program with a much needed increase in possible applicants
Potential impact on co-op viability
Yes – 92%
No – 8%
Feedback ranged from concerns about possible impacts on co-op participation, governance and autonomy to select members, implications for maintenance budgets due to 75% of new members being on lowest incomes, the Program being ill-equipped to assume a support service role and a loss of identity as a co-operative housing program through to recognition that the Program has social housing obligations and already has a mix of lower and higher income households
Potential impact on Program viability
Yes – 85%
No – 15%
Feedback ranged from concerns about possible weakening of the Program’s independence and identity, the impact on Program engagement if new members have not specifically identified co-op housing as a preference and a sense that Program growth might not be in best interest of current co-ops through to acknowledgement of the importance of the Program’s financial viability and the opportunities that external funding presents
Potential impact on Program reputation
Yes – 69%
No – 31%
Feedback ranged from concerns that opting in may have a negative impact on the Program’s reputation and uniqueness, a view that opting out may enhance our reputation and emphasise our independence through to recognition that additional funding will allow the Program to grow and increase its reach
Possible implementation challenges
Yes – 92%
No – 8%
Feedback ranged from concerns about the cost of implementation, the potential need to fund a support service function, the potential that co-ops will need to interview a large number of applicants in order to find a suitable member, implementation challenges for specific co-op types and a view that the government is transferring its problems onto us through to a view that previous experience has shown that co-ops will be able to adapt


Survey respondents were also asked if there were other considerations that the Board should take into account in its VHR decision-making. Respondents used this opportunity to:

  • emphasise the importance of maintaining our identity as a co-operative housing program
  • highlight the potential threat to co-op viability if the Program opts in
  • acknowledge the new funding opportunities that opting in will bring
  • express concern that the government is transferring its problems onto the Program.
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