Mission

Our mission is to provide affordable, secure, financially and environmentally sustainable housing for people on low incomes, primarily in the South and East of Melbourne who are committed to cooperative democracy and engagement.

Services

The services provided by SouthEast define its reality as a housing co-op. SouthEast commits to ensuring its long term capacity to continuous improvement of all services.

Members

Members own and control their co-op and this is the essential characteristic of SouthEast. The board represents the members best through its obligation to be representative, accountable and transparent.

Co-operation

SouthEast is committed to the values of cooperation, voluntary membership, democratic control, autonomy & independence, co-op education and cooperation between co-ops.

housigaustraliannationHousing the Australian Nation by F. Oswald Barnett asnd W.O. Burt  is about the needs for decent shelter - as well as regular and remunerative employment a sufficiency of food and clothing, security and care in sickness and old age, with ample time and opportunity for leisure and for the things of the mind and the soul. ( p 4)

The book attempts to set out the facts about housing in Australia in 1943 , what has been done to improve housing and what could and should be done under a more comprehensive scheme.  The authors argue: Better homes help to make better citizens and better citizens inevitably raise the standard of social and national life. ( p 5)

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RochdaleVillageRochdale Village - Robert Moses, 6000 families and New York City's Great Experiment in Integrated Housing  is about what was in 1965 the world's largest housing co-operative in southeastern Queens County, New York, USA.  Rochsale housed 6000 families and was built by the United Housing Foundation.

Peter Eisenstadt recounts the history of the Rochale Village from the controversies over its planning, to civil rights demonstrations and its construction aite, the rise and fall of integration in the co-opoerative, the struggle for democraqcy and the impact of factions.

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LastDaysRuskinColony 001The Last Days of the Ruskin Co-operative Association  was qeitten by Professor Isaac Broome - a participant in the Ruskin Co-operative Association. The colony was established in 1894 on two 500-acre tracts - 50 miles west of Nashviklle, Tennessee. In late 1895 800 acres was purchased in Yellow Creek Valley. The colony peaked with 200 people. By 1899 the colony had lost its land and dissolved.

A disenchanted Broome analyses why the colony failed and he writes about defects in organization and personnel that under proper conditions could have been a great example of co-operative association. ( p 14). He refers to a medley of untrained people whose most primary characteristic was ignorance ( p 10) and claims that the charter members were in charge of everythibng about thee colony. ( p 106)

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HHHC1995HeskinLeavitt 001The Hidden History of Housing Cooperatives  explores the potential of housing co-operatives in the United States, the history , conflicts about housing co-operatives and how they have interacted with race, ethnicity and gender.

Dr. Heskin is author of Struugle for Community, a book about five limited equity co-operatives in Los Angeles. Dr. Leavitt is co-author of From Abandonment to Hope, a study of limited equity co-operatives in New York City from a feminist perspective and author of a monograph, Defining Cultural Differences in Space: Public Housing as a Microcosm.

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UrbanFarmingintheWest2010 001Between 1933 and 1935 the United States Federal Division of Subsistence Homesteads (DSH) created 34 New Deal communities. The homesteads were organized as examples of how the country could benefit from semirural neighbourhoods, where part-time farming on inexpensive but desirable land would encourage uplifting social functions and establish a better way of life. Chapters 1 and 2 contextualize the implementation and operation of DHS. Chapter 3 considers the wide range of projects being proposed. Chapters 4, 5 and 6 provide case studies. Chapter 7 considers why the DSH projects have been misunderstood and misrepresented.

Carriker shows that the agenda of DSH was not as far-fetched as some have claimed and that the tendency to condemn DSH  projects failed to appreciate the benefits that came from some individual homestead communities - particularly those in the Far West. Some of these western communities remain - living legacies of the New Deal. He concludes that the western homesteads were quaified accompklishments.

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wmgo1944BarnettbBurtHeath 001In We Must Go On authors F.O. Barnett, W.O.Burt and F. Heath  appeal for "creative leadership and for a conscious direction of these forces which make for National prosperity and real happiness. it is an appeal for a pattern or plan on which to build the moral and material foundations of a better community life. We want a plan that will fit into the elastic framework of our democratic way of living." ( p 3)

"As we are planning in war-time so let us plan for the peace we fight for. There is a besetting danger that instead of planning at long range for the post-war era we may resort, without much or any forethought, to a series of short-range, cold, economic, fragmentary and wasteful expedients providing a temporary and fictitious prosperity for a few years only to end in another disastrous depression." ( p 7)

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Location

SouthEast Housing Co-operative Ltd
Plaza Business Centre, the Hub, Level 3,
26 to 36 McCrae St. Dandenong 3175

Telephone: 03 9706 8005

Fax: 03 9706 8558

PO Box 7141 Dandenong Victoria 3175

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