Gung Ho Housing Co-op

Contact
Katherine Quinn

Postal Address
986 Pershore Road
Selly Park
Birmingham
B29 7PX

Electronic Mail brumcoop@gmail.com
Situation
urban
Number of over 18s
5
Legal structure
industrial and provident society
Open in principle to new members
yes
Charge visitors
no
Work in Lieu
no

Gung Ho is a fully mutual housing co-operative. Living in a housing co-op gives us the benefits of home ownership in terms of control over our house, the ability to set our own rent, security of tenure and the lack of landlords and letting agents. Moreover, we as individuals do not have the burden of a huge debt, we are still eligible for housing benefit and we have done this without the financial barrier of raising a large deposit. Gung Ho is a member of Radical Routes, which is a UK-wide federation of housing co-ops, worker co-ops and social centres. We received support from Radical Routes for several years whilst we got Gung Ho off the ground, culminating in us buying our property in 2009. We contribute to Radical Routes by joining in democratic collective decision making at quarterly gatherings and by contributing to the work of various committees such as finance and publicity working groups. All of our members are expected to contribute in some way to the running of Radical Routes, although our commitment to the network is as a co-op and we can divide this commitment amongst ourselves as we see fit.

We spend quite a lot of time together as a house, enjoy each others’ company (most of the time!), cook and buy (vegetarian) food and essentials together and have a weekly meeting to keep on top of everything. Gung Ho is not a hippy commune though! We don’t pool underwear or bathe together. We feel like pretty normal people using an effective strategy to win us some control and dignity over our housing situation in a capitalist society where people who don’t have the money to buy their own place often don’t have those luxuries. We would love to help more people to set up their own housing co-operatives.

community does not share income
community does not require capital from members
community has broadband internet access
community does not generates any of its own electricity
community does not use solar energy
community buildings not insulated to a high standard
community members use bicycles
community does not have an organised system for car sharing
community is accessible by public transport
community shares utilities
community has tool sharing system
community has organised systems for recycling
community does not have any kind of ecosewage system
community is not involved in land management
community grows a lot of vegetables
no communal animals
regular communal meals
community does not have policy which restricts smoking
community buildings not wheelchair accessible
community is not involved in campaigning

Diggers & Dreamers
care of BCM Edge
London
WC1N 3XX
United Kingdom

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Gung Ho Housing Co-op is currently looking for new members

Gung-ho are looking for two new members to join this Autumn! The two rooms are likely to be available from late September 2018, but move-ins are quite negotiable so get in touch if you are interested!

We’re pretty well established and are undergoing some light renovations over the summer which we expect to be finished by September: a spruced up kitchen, window replacement, and lots of gardening!

As we say in our profile, we are a close knit house of good friends who spend quite a bit of time together in the Stirchley community. Our activities locally include developing Stirchley co-operation along with neighbour housing and worker co-ops, engagement in the Industrial Workers of the World Union, community gardening with migrant communities, and various political reading groups. If that sounds like something you’d like to join us with, or have new ideas about how to practice radical social change in an urban environment, please get in touch!

brumcoop@gmail.com

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brumcoop@gmail.com

Gung Ho Housing Co-op is currently looking for volunteers

Send them a message:
brumcoop@gmail.com