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A co-op worked for her and then some

It’s become very expensive to get into the housing market and the dream of buying a home appears unattainable for many. What can you do to be able to purchase a house? In the ‘Affording a Home’ series, we look at different ways others have done it and at resources that can help.

Sharon Knight-John was distressed to learn the aging apartment building in North York where she lived, with her baby daughter and husband, was slated for demolition. As she scrambled to find an affordable place for her family to live, a friend told her about a new housing co-operative in Scarborough. Knight-John’s application was successful and her young family moved into a unit in the 75-unit co-op near Midland and Eglinton Ave. E. … in August, 1982.

“It was a brand new, two-storey townhouse and it was an overwhelming feeling to call it home,” recalls Knight-John. The three-bedroom, two-bath house with garage, full basement and “magnificent backyard” is still her home.

Read the rest at The Toronto Star

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