Monthly Archives: April 2015

Current Housing Situation – April 2015

Hey folks, here’s an update on our current housing situation.

We have been given notice to vacate #75 Rockdove Avenue as of 9th May. This has meant that we have all been looking for new places to house Hannah, Jess and Paula. In addition,  Mike has been keen to join the co-op for some time, and fortunately we have now been able to rehouse everyone. This has come about through rental of a two-bedroom property on Hunmanby Avenue, our first property on this street (we now have a property on each street of the estate 🙂 ) and some juggling with the other flats.

A number of other flats are also potentially available on the estate in the coming months, to rent and buy, and if we have the membership we will be able to take those on also. One of the good things about our estate and about our housing model is that we are quite flexible with respect to obtaining flats, and that the loss of a flat such as #75 is really just a logistical matter. We are however looking forward to making some purchases so that there is no uncertainty regarding residency on an ongoing basis.

A, J, P, J, D, G, M, H, I.

Rockdove Rising accepted as full members of Radical Routes!

Hurray!! 🙂 Rockdove Rising Housing Co-operative Ltd. were accepted as full members of the national umbrella co-operative Radical Routes at their last quarterly gathering in Bradford on 14th February 2015. This was the culmination of a year-long application process in which Rockdove Rising attended several preliminary gatherings and addressed a number of issues associated with membership, in particular our views on the relation between co-operatives and social housing (see HERE for a fuller discussion), and various iterations of our BUSINESS MODEL.

Membership of Radical Routes provides Rockdove Rising with access to a large network of co-ops and individuals with a great deal of experience in managing and financing housing and workers co-operatives. Membership enables us to access loans from Radical Routes, and provides us with financial oversight and general support in the running of the co-op.

Rockdove Rising in return have committed to being core members of the Radical Routes Publicity Working Group, producing publicity materials and attending promotional events throughout the country (and overseas) on behalf of Radical Routes.

Paula, Jess, Johno, Gaz, Mike, Damien, Hannah, Aidan, Johno,