"Cohousing is a huge advantage in terms of efficiency"Sostre Cívic is a citizens' initiative involving over 600 people and promoting alternatives for access to and tenancy of leased housing. The Carrer Princesa cohousing project consists of five private homes with various communal areas.
The building located at Carrer Princesa 49 will be one of the city’s first cohousing initiatives, promoted by the Sostre Cívic cooperative. The project was possible because for the first time ever the City Council allocated a property to an association promoting public-community housing with a 75-year lease.
The members who are benefiting from the five homes paid an initial sum of € 9,000, in addition to a monthly quota of € 450-500.
In the opinion of Gerardo Pisarello, the First Deputy Mayor, the initiative’s best feature is that it guarantees “accessible, non-speculative housing, managed and administrated by the users themselves”, which Pisarello considers to be “an enormous advantage, especially in terms of efficiency”.
Sostre Cívic also places emphasis on the fact that “no one can speculate with or sell their home, because although they can use it for life, it will always be owned by the cooperative“, as David Guàrdia, a cooperative member, explained.
The Carrer Princesa cohousing project consists of five private homes with various communal areas.
The City Council has signed leases for four more sites in Ciutat Vella, Sants-Montjuïc, Nou Barris and Sant Martí, demonstrating the municipal government’s clear commitment to cohousing as part of a new policy for increasing the city’s pool of affordable housing.