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Sweat equity : cooperative house-building in Newfoundland, 1920 1974

Author: Christopher A Sharpe; A J Shawyer
Publisher: St. John's, NL : ISER, Institute of Social and Economic Research, 2016.
Series: Social and economic studies (St. John's, N.L.), no. 79.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book examines public policy during the Commission of Government and the early days of the Smallwood administration in Newfoundland, with a particular focus on "sweat equity" housing programs, where homes were built cooperatively and, upon completion, became owner-occupied. This labour (about 2000 hours per man) was accepted in lieu of a down payment. Cooperative housing in general has never been a dominant  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher A Sharpe; A J Shawyer
ISBN: 9781894725347 1894725344
OCLC Number: 953332561
Description: 438 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Part One: The big picture. Buying a home in Newfoundland --
Cooperation and housing --
Houses for working men --
Mr. Gorvin's grand plan --
Canadian national housing policy 1938-54 --
Part Two: Crafting a housing program. Housing initiatives in St. John's and Corner Brook --
The war veteran's fight for housing --
Gander, an airport in need of a town --
Developing the provincial cooperation housing policy --
Part Three: Building the houses. Building the hoses: Getting startted --
Building the houses: After work and in the dark --
Was the housing shortage solved?
Series Title: Social and economic studies (St. John's, N.L.), no. 79.
Responsibility: C.A. Sharpe and A.J. Shawyer.

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"This book examines public policy during the Commission of Government and the early days of the Smallwood administration in Newfoundland, with a particular focus on "sweat equity" housing programs, where homes were built cooperatively and, upon completion, became owner-occupied. This labour (about 2000 hours per man) was accepted in lieu of a down payment. Cooperative housing in general has never been a dominant subject for discussion in the Canadian housing literature, and sweat equity housing cooperatives in particular have never been the subject of a critical, monograph-length study, yet more than 500 houses were built in Newfoundland by 54 housing cooperatives in the 1950s and 1960s. This remarkable and successful sweat equity cooperative housing program made a significant contribution to the housing stock in this province at a critical time in its history. This is the story of how the Commission of Government and then the new provincial government recognized the desperate need for decent accommodation and what they did to provide it."--

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