Information for the Applicant

Information for the Applicant

         
To be considered for membership and residence at West Hills Cooperative, applicants must complete the prescribed application form with full information as indicated, pay a membership fee of $15.00 per adult household member and participate in a membership interview.  Acceptance will be by resolution of the Board of Directors.
         
West Hills Co-operative has a mandate to help to serve the needs of people who are not adequately served by the commercial housing market and who would benefit from and contribute to a community that has its basis in the principles of co-operation.  The main objective of the membership selection process at West Hills Co-operative is to choose the best possible members for the Co-op, taking into account the needs of the community and the needs of the individual.
         
Therefore, the criteria for membership selection shall include:
         
1.   A willingness to participate in the development of West Hills as a community.
 
2.   A willingness to respect the human and civil rights of others.
   
3.   A willingness to abide by the By-Laws, Agreements, Policies and regulations set by the Co-op.         
   
4.   A willingness to allow a credit check as proof of financial responsibility.
 
5.   A need appropriate to the available unit.
 
In cases where there is more than one applicant for an available unit, the following priorities shall prevail:
         
1.   First preference shall be given to resident members of West Hills Co-op under the terms of the Internal Moves Policy adopted by the Board of Directors from time to time.
         
2.   Second preference shall be given to applicants from other co-operative organizations with positive recommendations from the other co-operative.
         
3.   Other applicants will be assessed on their merits according to the above criteria in order to achieve a proper balance between the needs of the Co-op and the needs of the individual or family.
         
In order to be effective and fair, the membership selection process must provide for
         
1.   Adequate training of volunteer interviewers through workshops and practice.
         
2.   A through orientation of prospective members.
         
3.   An in-depth interview by trained members with review by the committee and the Board of Directors; and
         
4.   Positive recommendations by the interviewers, and in the case of inter co-operative applications by the Board or staff of the other co-operative.
         
Upon approval by the Board of Directors and signing of the Housing Agreement, the member is entitled to quiet enjoyment of the unit assigned as long as the member continues to uphold and abide by the terms of the By-Law, Agreements, and Policies and regulations set by the Co-op from time to time.  Each member is entitled to one vote on each item of business for which a vote of the membership is required or sought.  There will be no voting by proxy.  A member’s rights of occupancy may be terminated by a majority decision of the Board of Directors for breach of the Housing Agreement, providing that proper notice has been given in accordance with the Housing Agreement.