Rainbow Housing Co-operative

Postal Address
9 Spencer Street
New Bradwell
Milton Keynes
MK13 0DW

Year started
Number of over 18s
Number of under 18s
Legal structure
industrial and provident society
Open in principle to new members
Charge visitors
Work in Lieu

Rainbow, known by many as ‘The Street’, has twenty-four terraced houses in one street situated in the north of Milton Keynes. The Co operative was founded in 1977. The aim of the group is to provide housing in a community setting, there is a communal garden with a natural pond, fruit trees and play areas for the children. The membership, generally 35 to 40 including children is very mixed in age, sex and personal circumstances. One house is used as a Community House and has meeting space, office, laundry facilities, a workshop equipped with tools, freezer, domestic equipment and greenhouse. Provision has been made for disabled people with wheelchair access by means of a portable ramp. Some members are vegetarian or vegan, although this is not a pre-requisite for membership. Membership is by application and prospective members are expected to participate in the activities of the co-op, including work days and meetings, before being eligible for membership and therefore housing. It often takes some time before prospective members are successful, as the turnover of houses is infrequent and there are many people waiting. The co-op is run by general meeting (all members participate in decision making) and most of the maintenance of the property and management of the co-op is done by members.

community does not share income
community does not require capital from members
community does not have 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 does not have organised systems for recycling
community does not have any kind of ecosewage system
community is involved in land management
community grows a lot of vegetables
no communal animals
no regular communal meals
community does not have policy which restricts smoking
community buildings at least partly wheelchair accessible
community is not involved in campaigning

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