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In Western Australia
Community Housing Coalition of WA (wound up 2014, See CHIA)
The Community Housing Coalition of WA (CHCWA) is the State peak body representing community housing providers in WA.
Their role is to support the development of community housing in WA, working with Federal, State and Local Governments to increase the provision of community housing, through assisting providers to eliminate homelessness and by providing a range of training and development opportunities designed to enhance an organisation’s ability to deliver quality outcomes.
Shelter WA
Shelter WA is an independent community based peak body committed to the principle of accessible, affordable, appropriate and secure housing for low income and otherwise disadvantaged people including those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Co-operation Housing (Homes for Sustainable Communities)
New in WA, Co-operation Housing was formed in 2009 to work for housing co-ops as their registered provider to the Department of Housing.
This community was established in 1991 as the first housing co-op with public rental and home ownership in Western Australia, by a network of individuals committed to environmental responsibility, social justice and community values.
Pinakarri Community is an incorporated not-for-profit association committed to the principles of co-operation and non-violence. Their vision began with a focus to build an urban housing co-operative which would provide secure rental homes for people on low incomes and managed by residents as a role model for other people searching for a more sustainable life-style.
Around Australia
Common Equity Housing Ltd. (Victoria)
Common Equity Housing Ltd. is a not for profit company established in 1987 for the purpose of providing housing, resources and support to volunteer rental housing co-operatives across Victoria.
The company holds title to over 2000 properties, the majority of which are managed by housing co-operatives in conjunction with CEHL. The Common Equity Rental Housing Co-Operative (CERC) is the main model of co-op housing delivered by CEHL. Other housing co-operatives have recently joined CEHL as Community Managed Co-operatives and further co-op models are under development. As well as leasing the properties from CEHL, all our member Co-Ops are also shareholders of the company.
This site has excellent resources for new, emergent, and existing co-ops and their researchers/advocates.
Common Equity NSW
Established in 2009, Common Equity NSW Ltd is a Registered Community Housing Provider, who supports the NSW Cooperative Housing Program in providing social and affordable rental cooperative housing.
Common Equity NSW works in partnership with NSW Housing Cooperatives and other stakeholders across New South Wales . We are a Class Two Registered Community Housing Provider, managing a wide range and growing number of properties that we lease to Housing Cooperatives. We are a ‘not for profit’ Company incorporated as a ‘limited company by guarantee’.
Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute
AHURI is a not-for-profit independent national research organisation which conducts and disseminates high-quality research on housing and urban issues to inform the policies and practices of governments, industry, and the community and stimulating debate in the broader Australian community.
AHURI's mission:"To deliver high quality, policy-relevant evidence for better housing and urban outcomes".
AHURI is a unique venture. A professional research management company works with a collaborative network of seven Research Centres drawing together expert researchers from eleven universities throughout Australia.
AHURI currently invests around $3.2 million annually in high quality policy-oriented housing research and associated activities.
Info exchange (Victoria)
Infoxchange Australia's vision is entirely focused on using information and communication technology (ICT) to foster social justice in Australian communities, by empowering disadvantaged individuals through providing equipment and online services at a low cost, and teaching valuable new skills; and providing valuable resources and tools to the wider community sector (including local government and state government departments), by conducting training programs, delivering multimedia services, facilitating service coordination and connecting people to work.
CHFA (Now replaced by CHIA)
The Community Housing Federation of Australia (CHFA) is the national peak organisation representing the views of community housing providers in Australia.
Founded in 1996, CHFA works to ensure members have the representation, expertise and resources needed for effective development of the sector in a changing economic and political environment, allowing community housing to develop as a viable housing option providing quality housing services to tenants.
They do this through research, public policy development, and advocacy of housing issues to governments and other key stakeholders. Most importantly, CHFA maintains links with and between housing providers acrossAustralia, providing a voice for their interests at the national level.
CHFA provides sound leadership in the representation of community and affordable housing issues at the national level through strong partnerships with Government, research bodies, and key state, territory, and national organisation, peak bodies and industry groups engaged in the community and affordable housing sector.
Community Housing Council of South Australia Inc (CHCSA)
The Community Housing Council of South Australia Inc (CHCSA) is the peak body for Community Housing Organisations (Associations and Co-operatives) in South Australia.
The CHCSA is a member driven community organisation. The Management Committee is made up of members of community housing organisations and supporting advice and policy development is provided by a Policy Committee, Co-op Representative Council and Housing Associations' Forum. 

New Zealand Co-operatives Association
This is an excellent resource for all except housing co-operatives, and when they get up and running more solidly in New Zealand (as they must eventually, surely, everywhere) this will add to the New Zealand bevvy of co-op strength.
Sustainable Building Source Book
Sustainable Sources was founded in 1994 by Bill Christensen as a means to spread information about green building and related fields in an efficient, inexpensive way over the then-new world wide web.
Federation of Housing Co-ops in Uruguay
The first three coops in Uruguay emerged in the interior of the country in 1966.
Just four years later, in May 1970, an umbrella organization called the Federacíon Uruguay de Cooperativas de Viviendas por Ayuda Mutua (FUCVAM) was formed.
FUCVAM is a nationally based federation of over 300 housing coops. One of its main purposes is to provide centralized services to members.
International Co-operative Alliance - ICA Housing
ICA Housing is a sectoral organisation of the International Co-operative Alliance.
It was established to promote the development of co-operative housing in all countries, and in particular developing countries, as an economic and social contribution to the problem of providing shelter.
ICA Housing have members in 30 countries around the world.
The ICA Housing Website aims to give housing co-operatives and co-operators the knowledge to further their work.
The Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada
CHF Canada is the nation-wide umbrella organisation for co-op housing and Canada’s link with co-op housing around the world. As spelled out in their mission, mandate and values, they exist to unite, represent and serve the co-op housing community across Canada. There are excellent resources on this site for co-ops and community as well.
Rooftops Canada
Rooftops Canada is the international development program of co-operative and social housing organizations in Canada.
Rooftops Canada works with the Canadian housing sector and overseas partners to improve housing conditions, build sustainable communities and develop a shared vision of equitable global development.
Rooftops Canada's focus is on disadvantaged communities in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe.
Wikipedia entry on housing co-ops -
The Confederation of Co-operative Housing
The Confederation of Co-operative Housing was constituted in the United Kingdom in 1993. CCH membership is open to all housing co-operatives, tenant-controlled housing organisations and regional federations of housing co-ops.
P.S. There are many more resources, - let us know your favourites! and keep alert for all the good things happening for housing co-operatives in your community!