A housing cooperative is a coalition of people who desire to manage their own houses in a social way, guided by the needs of the collective. As members of a housing cooperative in formation, we will collectively buy a piece of land or an existing building, join forces in designing our new dwelling and again collectively build and maintain our property. An important aspect here is that on idealistic grounds no profit will be made at the cost of the tenants, that is, the members of the cooperative. In both Germany and Switzerland this form of housing is already widely deployed as a means to ease the pressure on the housing market, to help it become a little more healthy. The municipality of Amsterdam is now also active in this field, and sets out to realize 40.000 houses of the cooperative kind by 2040, making up about 10% of new construction up to that year. The recently published Actieplan wooncoöperaties
clearly outlines the municipality's ambition in this matter.