Bringing together community-led housing organizations & allies from across the world, who work to secure housing through collective, non-speculative, people-led solutions

The Future is Community-Led!

Community-led housing is a process by which inhabitants organize collectively to build cities from the bottom up. Together they plan, finance, build, manage and improve housing, public spaces and neighborhoods.

With the right financial, technical, organizational and political support, community-led housing activities result in permanently affordable, more sustainable and inclusive urban spaces to meet the needs of local communities and provide solutions to contemporary urban challenges.

What we do

We strive to strengthen communities in their role as urban designers, developers and builders, and more broadly, in their role as active citizens of their cities. We believe in their collective capacity to develop long-term solutions to challenges related to climate change and social transformations through solidarity and resilience.

As an open and project-driven collaboration, we work together to demonstrate the successes and potential of community-led housing, and make it more widespread and attainable by:

  • COproducing knowledge and information through experience exchanges, peer-to-peer learning and community-managed data production;
  • COnnecting people across countries, organizations and regions;
  • COdesigning affordable and collaborative financial tools.

Who we are

CoHabitat is a joint initiative by grassroots federations and umbrella organizations, as well as non-profit organizations and academic institutions working in the field of community-led housing.


Help us spreading the word about CoHabitat and Community-Led Housing! You can print or share this flyer, available in English and Spanish.

The network

CoHabitat is a joint initiative by grassroots federations and umbrella organizations, as well as non-profit organizations and academic institutions working in the field of community-led housing.

  • Asian Coalition for Housing Rights

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    Logo Asian Coalition for Housing Rights

    A coalition of Asian professionals, NGOs and community organizations committed to finding ways to make change in the countries where their work is rooted and to promote the access to affordable and adequate housing and the production of inclusive cities.

  • Co-Lab Research

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    Co-Lab Research is a research group working on the development, discussion and valorisation of knowledge on Collaborative Housing. Co-Lab Research is located in the Department of Management in the Built Environment, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, at the Delft University of Technology.

  • Co-operative Housing International

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    Logo Co-operative Housing International

    is a sectoral organization of the International Co-operative Alliance established to promote cooperative housing across the world.

  • UCL - Development Planning Unit

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    Logo UCL - Development Planning Unit

    The Development Planning Unit (University College London) conducts world-leading research and postgraduate teaching that helps to build the capacity of national governments, local authorities, NGOs, aid agencies and businesses working towards socially just and sustainable development in the global south. DPU particularly collaborates on the civic urban media approach, by promoting media for change, by and for the communities of the urban poor.

  • Global Land Alliance

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    is a think-and-do tank that tests new approaches to defining and managing land rights, shares expertise and best practices on land tenure globally.

  • Grounded Solutions Network

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    Logo Grounded Solutions Network

    was formed in 2016 through the merger of the National Community Land Trust Network and Cornerstone Partnership to promote housing solutions that will stay affordable for generations across the United States.

  • Habitat International Coalition

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    A global network for the right to habitat and social justice founded during the Habitat I conference in 1976.

  • MOBA Housing Network

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    Logo MOBA Housing Network

    MOBA is a network of pioneering housing cooperatives from Belgrade (Ko gradi grad), Budapest (Rákóczi Collective), Ljubljana (Zadrugator), Prague (Sdílené domy) and Zagreb (Cooperative for Ethical Financing) promoting an innovative and anti-speculative cooperative housing model for the region, providing solutions to the challenges of housing affordability and accessibility.

  • Slum Dwellers International

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    Logo Slum Dwellers International

    SDI is a network of community-based organisations of the urban poor in 33 countries and hundreds of cities and towns across Africa, Asia and Latin America. In each country where SDI has a presence, affiliate organizations come together at the community, city and national level to form federations of the urban poor.

  • urbaMonde

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    Is a Swiss and French non-profit organization supporting the expansion of cooperative and collective housing solutions locally and internationally.

  • We Effect

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    We Effect focuses on gender equality, women and help for self-help, where people work together to organise themselves to raise themselves out of poverty for good. We Effect supports mutual aid and collective ownership housing cooperatives in Latin America, East Africa and Asia.

  • World Habitat

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    is an independent charity working internationally to help bring the best housing to the people who need it the most. World Habitat is the organizer of the annual World Habitat Awards rewarding inspiring initiatives from across the world and providing opportunities for peer learning.