NOTICE: At this time, we are only accepting applicants with dependent children under 19 years, and applicants qualifying for a “wheelchair accessible suite”.
Thank you for your interest in applying to Coal Harbour Housing Co-operative. Coal Harbour Co-op is located in one of the best, if not the best locations in the Lower Mainland, with Stanley Park and the Seawall a few steps away.
This package includes an application and a fact sheet, which gives some essential information about our Co-operative. Please read this information carefully, it will help you to understand the advantages and responsibilities of being part of a Housing Cooperative, and what our particular co-op has to offer.
If you are willing to make a commitment to this type of community living, we‘d be happy to process your application. Please complete the application form and return it to our office, via regular mail to Coal Harbour Housing Co-op, #101 – 1515 West Hastings, Vancouver BC V6G 3J4. Our member selection process involves several steps:
INTERVIEW: When a suite becomes available, applicants who qualify (based on occupancy and income requirements for the unit) will be invited to attend an interview with representatives of our Membership Committee. The interview will give us a chance to explain how our Co-op works, to discuss how our Participation Policies match your volunteer skills and interests and to answer your questions. Families being interviewed will be asked to provide copies of last year’s CRA notice of assessment and last three pay cheques.
SCREENING: We check the landlord references, employment and credit histories of all applicants. Only applicants with good credit histories will be accepted.
APPROVAL BY OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Our elected Board of Directors has the final responsibility for approving applications, based on the recommendations of our Membership Committee and a financial review by the Co-op’s Office Coordinator.
SIGN-UP AND SHARE PURCHASE: When you accept the offered unit, you will be contacted by the Membership Committee. The committee will arrange an appointment for you to sign your lease and other documents and to pay for your share. Members are required to purchase shares and verify that their income qualify for subsidy or market rent. Members are also required to participate. All personal information will be used in strict confidence by Co-op’s Board of Directors and Office Coordinator to evaluate your application. Due to the number of applications we are unable to acknowledge every application. The number of vacancies varies from year to year. Applications will be kept on file if meeting Co-op requirements. Receipt of your application only places you into the waiting pool; it does not guarantee you will be selected or interviewed for membership during this period. Please keep us informed in writing, at the above address, of any changes in address, income, or unit preference (i.e. family size).