Choose Your Own Future

With NASCO Institute just seven weeks away, we are thrilled to share our amazing lineup of speakers and sessions. Holding Institute virtually this year has meant that we are both saddened at the loss of in-person interaction and inspired by new avenues for connection. We're looking forward to the ways that our staff and community have stepped up to make Institute 2020 creative, relevant, and adaptable. Join us this year to Choose Your Own Future

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Interested in sponsoring NASCO Institute this November? Click here for our sponsorship guide. 

Members in the News

How a House of 80 Students in Texas Has Stayed COVID-Free Since March

College Houses' 21st St. Co-op was recently featured in a Vice article discussing how they've successfully stayed COVID-free in one of Austin's hotspot neighborhoods. One member says, "The constant reminders of community, safety, and love are what keeps us all accountable."

Reading List for the Revolution

NASCO's Reading List for the Revolution is a compilation of articles, essays, toolkits, books, and other resources. The reading list features contributions from member co-ops, Board Directors, partner organizations, and NASCO Staff. This month's recommendation comes from NASCO Director of Development Brel Hutton-Okpalaeke. 
KC Tenants has been on the front lines of the Cancel the Rent movements and has been very active in making sure tenants in Kansas City have accessible resources to use during the pandemic. Now more than ever is a time for co-ops to organize with their local tenants unions to push back against extortive landlords, and to leverage our collective power effectively. This abbreviated zine is part of the KC Tenants larger organizing toolkit, which is full of additional resources. Find out more about their work at

Download the Toolkit.
See the full Reading List here.

Where We've Been & Where We're Going

What can the history of the group-equity housing cooperative movement teach us about the obstacles, priorities and dreams that we see playing out in our co-ops right now?

During our Staff and Student Leadership Conference back in May, Jim Jones shared his thoughts about this and more during a book release event for Hasten Slowly and You Will Soon Arrive

We've uploaded a recording of the book release event here, for those of you who were unable to make it. 
Read more about Hasten Slowly and You Will Soon Arrive here and order your own copy. 50% of all proceeds go towards promoting leadership in our movement.

How to Support the Co-op Movement Today

Newton House has provided an affordable and affirming home for Queer, Trans, Black Indigenous People of Color (QTBIPOC) in Oakland since 2008. With the COVID-19 pandemic the co-op is in danger of losing the house to foreclosure. The residents, who are majority BIPOC, face impending displacement, due to COVID-related income loss. 

Donate here.

Support Haiti’s Federation of Cacao Cooperatives of the North (FECCANO). Smallholder farmers are the backbone of the rural economy in Haiti. Vulnerable to shocks like hurricanes,and now COVID-19 is threatening their livelihoods. 

Donate here.

Upcoming Events

Co-op Fall Orientation Webinars
September 22 - October 3, 2020

New and seasoned co-opers alike are invited to learn about how housing cooperatives work and how to be an engaged co-op member in this series of webinars: Co-ops 101, Board Roles & Responsibilities, Budget Fluency, and Meeting Facilitation.

Free to NASCO members and sliding scale for non-members. 
Student Housing Cooperatives: An International Perspective
September 30 

Mark your calendar for a live-stream discussion on YouTube Wednesday,
September 30 (19h CET, 13h EDT, 11h MDT) on why student housing cooperatives are great places to live and what leaders in the field are doing to expand this housing solution.
NCBA CLUSA Co-op IMPACT Conference
October 5-9, 2020

Join hundreds of co-op developers, financers, community and city leaders, innovators, economists and policymakers in October for a national, cross-sector event elevating the national conversation around cooperatives.
NASCO Institute
November 5-8, 2020

NASCO Institute is always a one-of-a-kind opportunity to network with hundreds of cooperative leaders and employers, to caucus about pressing issues, and to work on building an inclusive and accessible cooperative movement.
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