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Members of the Union: Sustainable Development Co-operative and Reception House, from left, Kathie Must, Sarah Brown, Laura Hamilton, Nicole Langlois, Ray Gormley, Sean Campbell, Aleksandra Szaflarska and Aaron Stauch. The co-op is looking for new property to rent to Reception House. - IAN STEWART , SPECIAL TO THE RECORD

Members of the Union: Sustainable Development Co-operative and Reception House, from left, Kathie Must, Sarah Brown, Laura Hamilton, Nicole Langlois, Ray Gormley, Sean Campbell, Aleksandra Szaflarska and Aaron Stauch. The co-op is looking for new property to rent to Reception House. - IAN STEWART , SPECIAL TO THE RECORD

Housing co-op hopes to shake up Waterloo Region real estate market

April 7th, 2019 by James Jackson, the Waterloo Region Record

A new housing co-operative is looking for investors to help shake up the way rental housing is done in this region.

Union: Sustainable Development Co-operative has 10 startup members and needs 50 or 60 more to help purchase a mixed-use residential and commercial building in Kitchener or Waterloo. They plan to partner with Reception House Waterloo Region to provide rental housing for new government-assisted refugees in this first building.

"We have a lot of wealth in this community and if we can redirect even a small percentage of that toward creating real social change as our community is going through this really exciting period of growth, let's make sure that growth helps everyone," said Sean Campbell, one of the founding members of the co-op and its executive director.

 
NorthEast Investment Co-operative ’s community-owned property (pictured here) in Minneapolis is a model that inspired the founders of Union.

NorthEast Investment Co-operative’s community-owned property (pictured here) in Minneapolis is a model that inspired the founders of Union.

New KW Co-op is the First of Its Kind in Canada

April 3rd, 2019 by Beth Bowles, The Community Edition

Ten Kitchener-Waterloo residents have recently started a new co-op that is the first of its kind in Ontario, and believed to be the first of its kind in all of Canada. Founded by Aaron Stauch, Alex Szaflarska, Anthony Piscitelli, Joel Marcus, Kristen Eicher, Laura Hamilton, Nicole Langlois, Ray Gormley, Sarah Brown and Sean Campbell, Union: Sustainable Development Co-operative is a real estate development co-operative that is looking to get things running this spring.

“Union is a new cooperative that’s been started to empower community members to collectively buy property and manage it together for the environmental and social benefit of our community,” Sean Campbell, one of the founding members and volunteer executive director of Union said.