Co-operativeHousing Ireland (CHI) is an Approved Housing Body providing 4,000 high quality homes to low-income households. As a representative body, CHI champions co-operative principles in delivering homes and supporting communities.Co-operative Housing Ireland has been a leader in providing truly affordable homes across Ireland since 1973.
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90% of CHI Members fell at ease when contacting CHI
592 homes delivered in 2021
We have more than 10,894 members nationwide

What We Do

Co-operative Housing Ireland works closely with various stakeholders in the housing sector, including Local Authorities, Government, and developers, to provide high quality social-rented homes across the country.

In addition to the close to 4,000 homes provided CHI has supported owner-occupier housing co-operatives to deliver 3,000 affordable homes.

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Our Vision

Our vision is of an Ireland where everyone has the option to participate fully in their own and the wider community social, economic and environmental development through co-operation.

Our Mission

Our mission is to lead the development of social, economic and environmental sustainability in Ireland through co-operative effort and the provision of co-operative housing in particular.

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History of CHI

Co-operative Housing Ireland (CHI), formerly NABCo, was formed in 1973 to support the growing housing co-operative movement that emerged in the late 1960s and 1970s.

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Our Awards

Winner

Public Sector Magazine

Shortlisted

Carmichael Good Governance 2021

Shortlisted

Published Accounts Awards 2021

Shortlisted

Chartered Institute of Housing, Community Award 2021

Our Board

Pearse B. O'Shiel
Chairperson
Enda Egan
Vice Chairperson
Cinnamon Blackmore
Regina Coakley
Michael Collins
Kenneth Hanrahan
Frances Kawala
Lisa Kinsella-Colman
Enda Mc Guane
Derek Maher
Claire Ryan
Carol Tancock

Our Management Team

Kieron Brennan
Chief Executive Officer
Mark Bolger
Head of Finance
Catherine O’Brien
Head of Customer Services
Pat Moyne
Head of Corporate Services
Padraic Clancy
Head of New Business
David McCourt
Head of Asset Management & Property Services

Our Governance Policies

Our Strategy

This Strategy was originally developed by our Board, which consists of democratically elected representatives from our affiliated local co-operatives.

Board Members Handbook 2019

Information and guidance for the members of the Board, executive and staff of Co-operative Housing Ireland about the organisation and the conduct of its business affairs.

Register of Directors’ Interests Policy

The Register of Directors’ Interests Policy is intended to assist Board Members in declaring any interests which might conflict with their work with the Association.

Co-operative Principles

1.Voluntary and Open Membership

Co-operatives are voluntary organisations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.

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2. Democratic Member Control

Co-operatives are democratic organisations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions. Men and women serving as elected representatives are accountable to the membership. In primary co-operatives, members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote) and co-operatives at other levels are also organised in a democratic manner.

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3. Member Economic Participation

Members allocate surpluses for any or all of the following purposes:

  • developing their cooperative, possibly by setting up reserves, part of which at least would be indivisible;

  • benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the cooperative;

  • and supporting other activities approved by the membership.'

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4. Autonomy and Independence

Co-operatives are autonomous, self-help organisations controlled by their members. If they enter into agreements with other organisations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their co-operative autonomy.

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5. Education, Training, and Information

Co-operatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their co-operatives. They inform the general public – particularly young people and opinion leaders – about the nature and benefits of co-operation.

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6. Co-operation among Co-operatives

Co-operatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.

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7. Concern for Community

Co-operatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies approved by their members.

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