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Our History

In 1984/85, members of housing co-operatives recognized the advantages of a common table and together, they established the Southern Alberta
Co-operative Housing Association (SACHA). SACHA is a regional federation of housing co-operatives that is located in Calgary, Alberta and is governed by a Board of Directors who live or work in member housing co-operatives. SACHA, together with the members, forms a community working toward the same goals and operating by the co-operative principles. This partnership of working together, sharing information and supporting one another ensures continuing success.

SACHA is financed by membership dues and fees for services and membership is open to housing co-operatives located in southern Alberta
(Red Deer and South), as well as other individuals and organizations that support SACHA's aims and accept the responsibilities of membership. SACHA has a sector membership agreement with the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada which requires membership in both organizations. Members enjoy benefits and services provided by both.

There are 21 housing co-operatives in southern Alberta, representing 1,478 households; the majority of which are in Calgary. There are also
co-ops in Rocky Mountain House, Red Deer, Okotoks, High River, Canmore and Lethbridge. Twenty-one of these housing co-operatives are members of SACHA.

SACHA has been successful in harnessing the advantage of the collective buying power of housing co-ops in southern Alberta and provides members with savings on a variety of products. Some services are included with membership at no additional cost while others are offered for a fee that is discounted for members.