NASCO Newsletter - June 2017
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Movement News & Updates


CodeNEXT and Austin Co-ops

CodeNEXT is the new City of Austin initiative to revise the Land Development Code, which determines how land can be used throughout the city – including what can be built, where it can be built, and how much can (and cannot) be built.

Co-ops in Austin need as many people as possible to join in with the Austin Cooperative Business Association to let the City know that the time to commit to co-ops is now. Read more and find out ways you can help here.

Trump’s Housing Cuts 

President Trump’s budget calls for sharply reducing funding for programs that shelter the poor and combat homelessness — with a notable exception: It leaves intact a type of federal housing subsidy that is paid directly to private landlords. Read on.

June – A Month of Floods… 

There were four cases of NASCO Properties co-ops flooding this month – including a less-than-sweet smelling sewer pipe becoming blocked (imagine a basement flooded with poo!) Fortunately, co-opers pulled together, and NASCO's staff ensured that things got fixed quickly. Phey-yew!

Call for Co-op Artists!

We are searching for a cooperative artist to create the art for NASCO Institute 2017! Their art will be featured on posters, shirts, the program, and more. If you are interested, send some info about yourself and examples of your previous work (links to your portfolio, etc.) to by July 10, 2017. More info here.

Staff and Managers Conference Recap

Every year, NASCO holds a conference for staff of housing co-ops to gain skills and build professional connections. This year, 28 people from 14 co-ops met in Montreal, the largest gathering for this event so far. Over two days, participants delved into a broad range of topics including improving your board's financial literacy, staff's role in supporting healthy member communities, and assessing conditions for expansion. We also facilitated several Peer Consultancy sessions, allowing participants to get in-depth feedback from their peers on specific challenges they are facing in their work.

Our host organization, UTILE, showcased their organizing efforts over the last four years to build the first new housing co-op in Montreal, with groundbreaking scheduled for this month! Participants were able to connect with advocates for student co-op development in Montreal and lend their knowledge and support this exciting new effort. The location also made it easy for several Canadian student housing co-ops to reconnect with NASCO, including L'Estudiantine Cooperative (Sherbrooke), Neill-Wycik (Toronto), and WCRI (Waterloo).  Check out more photos on our Facebook page!

Rise Up: The Game of People & Power

TESA (Toolbox for Education and Social Action) has just launched Rise Up: The Game of People and Power, a cooperative board game about organizing social movements. In the game, players shape the story of their movement together and take creative actions to fight for victory, from waging civil disobedience to writing protest songs. Meanwhile, the System fights back with tactics of its own, like surveillance, arrests, and infighting. Players have fun while learning about social movement strategies and tactics in an exciting, participatory setting. Learn more and get your copy of the game here.

Trains, Dunes, and Long-term Planning

Current and former NASCO staff on our planning retreat earlier this month!

Upcoming Events


Association of Cooperative Educators Institute 

7/18/17 - 7/21/17

Transition US National Gathering

7/27/17 - 7/31/17

Center for Popular Economics Summer Institute

7/30/17 - 8/5/17

11th Annual Chicago Housing Co-op Gathering

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