Village Urbain is trying to create something that will be affordable from the start and will try to stay that way, by introducing mechanisms such as the creation of a land trust and clauses in purchase contracts, to ensure that units will not become less affordable over the years,” explains Mr. Fortin. “Estelle is a very interesting social entrepreneur. Not only does she want to do a cohousing project in Lachine, but she wants to use this model to repeat it all over Quebec. She also wants to create a mechanism that will allow tenants to become owners, to ensure rotation in terms of social diversity.”

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Steven Welzer

The editor of Green Horizon Magazine, Steve has been a movement activist for many years (he was an original co-editor of DSA’s “Ecosocialist Review”).