Host Applications for NASCO's Cooperative Internship Network are open

Apply to host an intern by Sunday, March 20, 2022. This year we are accepting both in-person and remote internships for our network. 

Learn more here and RSVP to attend an info session on March 2


Members Corner

NASCO is holding our Annual Member Survey for the 2021-2022 membership year and we want to hear from as many member co-op residents as possible!

NASCO's survey helps us to identify the demographic makeup of our movement, the ways that individuals in our movement relate to their co-ops, and how NASCO can best serve our members. 

Take 5-7 minutes to fill out our member survey for a chance to win art, chocolate, books, posters, and more for you and your co-op!

Not quite sure if your co-op is a NASCO member? Reply to this email and we'll let you know. 

Members in the News

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Is cooperative housing a salve for spiraling housing costs? City, community organizers make the case

Co-op organizers and NASCO members in Austin, TX advocate for the affordability and stability of cooperative housing models. 

Read more in the Austin Business Journal (subscription required)
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COUCH provides affordable, communal housing

This feature in the Daily Illini covers COUCH's values and practices. Plus, COUCH members share the benefits of co-op living and explain how the co-op has benefitted them personally. 

Read more here
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Concordia Student Union Confirms Plans for Second Affordable Student Housing Unit

The Concordia Student Union (CSU) is moving forward with plans for a second affordable student housing unit. This new building will likely be finished by the end of 2025 and could house roughly 144 students!

Learn more here

Movement News

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Local tenants at North Austin cooperative housing site negotiate for housing affordability

Residents at Hardy House, a co-op in North Austin, recently negotiated an affordable lease agreement that brings members' rent down to about half of the local average. Now, the co-op is expanding. Read more
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Appointment of Canada’s Federal Housing Advocate

Marie-Josée Houle has been announced as Canada's first-ever Federal Housing Advocate.
Marie-Josée brings grassroots experience to the role, through direct connection to the co-operative housing movement in her previous work at the Agency for Co-operative Housing, as well as being a member of the National Right To Housing Network (NRHN). Learn more

Black History & Cooperative History

Throughout Black History Month, the Detroit Community Wealth Fund has been sharing educational slides on their Instagram page to highlight the history of the formal beginning of cooperatives in the United States, which happens to overlap with Black History in more ways than one. Take a moment to learn more about:

Upcoming Events

Virtual film night:  My Mom’s Co-op 
TONIGHT, Feb 24, 7pm EST

CHF Canada is hosting a free screening of this French-language film with English subtitles will include an introduction and Q&A with the filmmaker Eve Lamont as well as a door prize draw. My Mom’s Co-op (Le co-op de ma mère) is an intimate portrait of the filmmaker’s mother, Rachel, and her fellow residents of Gatineau’s St Louis Housing Cooperative. Learn more and register
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Intro to Cooperative Housing 
March 2, 12-1pm EST

On March 2, NASCO's Liz Anderson and Daniel Miller will be presenting an Introduction to Cooperative Housing with the Foundation for Intentional Community. Join us to learn what a co-op is, what kinds of housing co-op models exist, and which model could be the right fit for you! Register here


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