CoHabitat - open database of community-led housing (global)

  • CoHabitat is an open database of community-led housing: users can browse the information about partners and projects and add new information.

  • In the words of the CoHabitat Network, which manages the project:

    • (CoHabitat) is an open data and collaborative tool to document and connect community-led housing projects and their allies.

    • What is the scale of community-led housing? How many people are involved in or housed in non-speculative, collective housing and neighborhood developments? What are the existing models of community-led housing? How do inhabitants organize, plan, finance and implement their community-led housing projects? What are their difficulties? Who supports community-led housing?

    • Documenting and sharing the stories of community-led housing is essential for acknowledging the scale and potential of people-driven habitat solutions. The collaborative online platform co-habitat.io crowdsources information and stories around community-led housing. The process by which the documentation is generated is as important as the data itself: CoHabitat partners develop collaborative, youth-led documentation strategies for storytelling and data collection.

  • The CoHabitat Network describes itself as:

    • We are a network of community-led housing organizations and allies, who work together to secure housing through collective, non-speculative, people-led solutions

  • And they define community-led housing as "a process by which inhabitants organize to build cities from the bottom up. Together they plan, finance, build, manage housing, and improve public spaces and neighborhood facilities. With the right financial and political support, community-led housing processes result in permanently affordable, more sustainable and inclusive urban spaces to meet the needs of local communities and provide solutions to contemporary urban challenges". (Source: https://www.co-habitat.net/en/about)

  • The CoHabitat Network was launched by UrbaMonde (https://www.urbamonde.org), an association founded in Switzerland in 2005 and then also based in France since 2015 with the goal of promoting collaborative housing at the local and international levels.