Rainbow Housing Co-op

Rainbow Housing Co-operative is based in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire


Rainbow Housing Co-operative began in 1976 when a group of 7 or 8 people who wanted to live more communally got together to look for alternative accommodation – alternative that is to the type of housing then available from Milton Keynes Development Corporation (MKDC). Around that time the Railway cottages in New Bradwell were being demolished to make way for new housing. Fortunately the two remaining rows of railway cottages in Spencer Street were saved by a preservation order, and it became MKDC’s responsibility to find a suitable use for them. The group negotiated with MKDC and were eventually offered Spencer Street, provided enough like-minded people could be found, and that former tenants were offered accomodation. MKDC renovated the cottages in consultation with the group, and in May 1978 the first Rainbow tenants moved in.


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  1. Hello,

    I live in Rainbow Housing Cooperative at 302 Berini Drive, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Today I went to check our website and found it has been shut down. I did a search and found your website.

    I thought that since we share a name, you might be interested in correspondence. If you are, let me know and I will inform our Board of Directors.

    I inquired and found that our website is being re-built. It will be found at http://www.rainbowhousing.ca when it is up again. It may take a while as it is being re-built by a volunteer from the co-op.

    Housing co-ops in Canada are established through government legislation and are subsidized. Housing co-ops offer rent geared to income for low income families. In our co-op members who qualify pay 29% of their income as rent, the balance of their rent being paid by a subsidy fund.

    Our co-op provides decent, affordable housing for young families (many of them single parent), elderly and disabled.

    We have 87 units. 67 are two storey row homes, 4 are wheel chair accessible bungalows, 4 are wheel chair accessible apartments and 8 are regular apartments (flats?). Row homes are 2, 3 and 4 bedrooms. Apartments are 1 and 2 bedrooms.

    Jim Herriot

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