SACHA is working hard to preserve rent-geared income subsidies and create an awareness of the critical role that housing co-ops play in providing affordable housing to a diverse population of Albertans.

We, the members' of SACHA (Southern Alberta Co-operative Housing Association), are taking a poll, to see who wants to see the Provincial Government provide Rent-Geared-To-Income funds to Alberta housing cooperative members.

Please click on the URL below to sign your name and provide your support.

The personal information you have provided will be kept private. SACHA follows the Personal Information Protection Act (of Alberta) and SACHA respects personal privacy:

• Information is requested to deliver services and conduct SACHA's business.
• Only personal information provided by you or your organization is collected.
• Information is used for the purpose stated when collecting it.
• Your personal information will not be shared without your prior approval.
• Your personal information will be updated or removed upon your request.
Collection and redistribution of private information is dictated by the Personal Information Protection Act (of Alberta).

Welcome to SACHA

The Southern Alberta Co-operative Housing Association, or SACHA, is a regional federation of housing co-operatives that is governed by a Board of Directors who live or work in member housing co-operatives. SACHA, together with the members, forms a community working toward the same goals and operating by the co-operative principles. This partnership of working together, sharing information and supporting one another ensures continuing success.

About Co-op Housing

There are about a quarter of a million people living in housing co-ops across Canada. A housing co-op is a legal association formed for the purpose of providing homes to its members on a continuing basis. A co-op is different from other housing associations in its ownership structure and its commitment to co-operative principles. Co-op housing offers a home, not an investment.

Who Lives in Housing Co-ops?

Co-op communities are made up of all kinds of people with different backgrounds and incomes and special needs. Housing co-ops provide an affordable option to main market housing. As a co-op member you would purchase shares in the co-op, pay a monthly housing charge, attend members' meetings and participate in running the co-op.

If you are looking for housing, please contact the co-operative you are interested in, click here to see the list of co-ops and their availability.

Member Rights

The rights of a co-op member include: voting on the annual budget, electing a board of directors, running for the board of directors, receiving audited financial statements, and enjoying a sense of belonging and community.

About Subsidy

Some co-ops offer subsidy to help applicable members pay their monthly housing charges. Non-profit housing co-ops receive money from the government (federal and/or provincial) to help the co-op subsidize a certain number of housing units.
The housing charge for these units is adjusted to the income of the household. If a household qualifies for a subsidy, their housing charge is usually set at 25-30% of the household's income plus charges for utilities.