Trust should start thinking co-op

I notice Corky Evans and Josh Smienk are discussing plans for the Columbia Basin Trust and its revenue.

Re: “Consider Trust’s future, RDCK urged,” December 19

I notice Corky Evans and Josh Smienk are discussing plans for the Columbia Basin Trust and its revenue.

My wife has drawn to my attention an excellent model of low cost housing that young people of our communities could go for; it is the co-op model. These projects are internally managed by the rental residents and rental rates are on a sliding scale depending on income. I understand sometimes a modest initial investment is required. I also understand that in some units people of higher income pay the full rate just because they prefer that model of housing. Each tenant does and must share in the running of the co-op and sharing in its responsibilities. An example of such housing exists in Nelson, the Links Co-op.

The Columbia Basin Trust might find a useful non-profit use of some of its money by supporting such projects and should further investigate the feasibility.

Maurice Rhodes

Nelson

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