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Catalyzing worker co-ops & the solidarity economy

A housing solution with worker empowerment built in

Image by Mark Hogan via flickr
Image by Mark Hogan via flickr

A Bay Area co-op may have a housing crisis solution that incentivizes the creation of more ADUs while advancing the cooperative business model. The Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives, which has existed for over two decades, has created the Roots and Returns co-op to facilitate ADU construction. The Arizmendi Association itself is a meta-co-op, made up of six cooperative bakeries, a landscape design cooperative, a construction cooperative, a development and support collective, plus its newest addition, the Roots and Returns Cooperative.

By using the construction skills of its worker-owners and its administrative support around financing and accounting, co-op leaders believe it is in an optimal position for creating affordable housing ADUs in the Bay Area.

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