The kind of housing we want
Our proposal aims to recover the collective and community housing, be it in urban or rural areas, as a transition on the way of population relocation in the territory. We need to go beyond private property, recovering communal housing by collectivization, in order to cover our actual housing needs. Therefore, we need to develop a model that guarantees the right of use, over speculation and commodification of housing.
The Housing Office
A neighborhood locale, an association locale, a community center, an office of social rights or even a street van can be spaces for sharing solutions on housing.
To effectively address this issue, we analyze it in all its complexity: recognizing the diversity of situations and individual desires and predisposition of access to housing in one way or another. Thus, the housing office, needs to have a wide range of tools, like:
- Occupation: make use of abandoned or disused properties. More and more occupations occur when courts evict and affected people decided to occupy the dwelling to prevent the forced dispossession supervised by the state. It is, therefore, a direct appropriation practice without intermediaries, and increased social support.
- Cession contract: agreement between the person leasing and tenant to enjoy the use of a property in exchange for its maintenance, no rental costs.
- Tenant farming: real estate cession agreement (rural or urban) in exchange for the maintenance, rehabilitation or land products.
- Autoconstruction, namely, bioconstruction: construction of housing particularly by reducing the impact on the environment and using local raw materials, completely from recycled materials.
- Self-sufficient caravans (mobile real estate): alternative housing, allowing to combine a nomadic life with sedentism and one that intensify self-sufficiency.
- Repopulation: recovery of life in the countryside with the occupation of towns and abandoned land or other means of legal access to abandoned buildings.
- Social Housing: The cooperative also could give support to those affected by the mortgage, through its legal services, delaying the time of repossession of the flat by the bank or to try to prevent the seizure of the guarantors of these mortgages.
In the long term, the cooperative could generate housing stock to provide its partners under a cession of use.