November 2020

Well, it’s been a bit slow. COVID-19 has sapped people’s energy. Despite this, the work proceeds. ;o)

We carried on with Zoom business meetings to discuss the MHOS Rules (meetings 2, 3 and 4 of 5).

We paid our dues to join the Confederation of Co-operative Housing. Our CCH membership will be very useful, in that they have a whole bunch of helpful resources that we’ll be able to make use of, and we can get some consultancy to talk through remaining difficulties we have in understanding parts of the Rules.

One of us attended a meeting about the rehabilitation of a brownfield site in Wolverhampton. Will come in handy if a site that we like needs rehab.

One of us attended a meeting about the pros and cons of becoming a registered provider (RP) of social rental accommodation. Short answer is that it isn’t worth a small organisation such as ourselves becoming an RP. It will be better for us to team up with a Housing Association, or similar organisation.

We had an initial meeting with West Midlands Urban Community Homes, our local Community Led Homes (CLH) support hub. This was an early “getting to know you” meeting, and on the back of that, a more formal “project health check” meeting was arranged for December.

We had a couple of community Zoom meetings, where Jessica’s cats came in for much appreciation.

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Cohousing West Midlands is (surprise) a cohousing project for the West Midlands! Cohousing is where everyone has their own front door, but there's also a community house for weekly shared meals and activities, and other shared spaces. More than a Housing Association, and less than a co-op!

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