As Co-Op housing is offered on a long-term basis it is not possible to predict when a vacancy might occur. CEHL maintains a Referral Database - when a vacancy does occur, the Co-Op will contact people from the database who meet the membership criteria, to attend a selection interview.
As well as the criteria set by the Co-Op and CEHL, applicants must meet the approved income and asset criteria.
In the CEHL Program, rent is generally set at around 25% of household income, and there is a maximum rent for each property capped at roughly 75% of what private rent would be for the house and the area. The Rental Housing Co-Operatives (RHCs) are based on a different co-operative model to the CEHL Program, and have a slightly different rent structure.