Co-operative and community-led housing (CCLH) schemes tend to make positive differences for people and communities, but different CCLH schemes are done for different reasons and produce different benefits. They can include:
- Democratic ownership and management of homes leading to people taking responsibility and feeling a sense of belonging, identity and ownership.
- Building real and mutually supportive communities – a tapestry of human interaction that characterises the sector.
- High satisfaction rates amongst residents of CCLH schemes.
- Comparable quality of service provision to other providers.
- Helping members of CCLH organisations reshape their lives and livelihoods, get skills and get into work.
- Transforming neighbourhoods previously affected by a lack of trust and sense of community or anti-social behaviour.
- Providing some of the benefits of individual home ownership within a supportive safety net.
- Developing homes as CCLH that otherwise would not be developed at all.
- Meeting individual needs and aspirations through community based businesses.