NASCO News

 
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The Health of Our Sector

Last month, NASCO released a report compiling the results of our 2021 member co-op health assessments.

The goal of this report is to document and share best practices among different group equity housing cooperatives, suggest goals to member co-ops that are not yet commonly adopted but which are emerging practices in member cooperatives, and offer member co-ops a long-term outside view of their own growth. 

Read the full report
 
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Meet our Cooperative Leadership Cohort

NASCO's Cooperative Leadership Certification is a one-year professional development opportunity for those who are looking to advance their role or start their career in cooperative housing.

Learn more about last year's graduates and meet our current cohort
 

Members Corner

 
NASCO is currently scheduling health assessments with all member co-ops!

Health Assessments are one of the benefits of NASCO membership. It offers a chance to reflect on your co-op’s health, check in on what’s going well, and determine what needs work. NASCO will prepare a health assessment report for your co-op, including guidance and resources based on our conversation. Information gathered from your assessment will also be included in our sector-wide reporting (see above). 

If you haven't yet heard from NASCO staff via email about scheduling your health assessment, please email us at staff@nasco.coop. 
 

Co-op Snapshots

 
Four balconies of Halstead co-op wit members socially distanced and masked on each floor
Halstead Co-op’s official and unique membership portrait from 2020:

"This portrait represents the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, masking, stay-at-home mandates, remote learning as well as more internal challenges such as extremely-low membership occupancy, budget cuts and labor shortages. But nonetheless, the membership of 2020-2021 thrived and their sense of community strengthened."
Follow NASCO on Instagram for more co-op snapshots! 
 

National Fair Housing Month

 
April is Fair Housing Month in the U.S.! This year marks the 54th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act which works to make discrimination in housing transactions unlawful. The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, and familial status. 

As housing providers, co-ops and their members should be educated on Fair Housing law at the federal, state, and local levels. Haven't had Fair Housing training at your co-op this year? NASCO can help! Request a Fair Housing training here. 
 

Spread the Co-op Love

 
3 story historic home with trees and garden out front
The Student’s Co-op, Inc is in extreme financial need! Due to a lack of income and an ongoing need for maintenance and repairs, the Co-op is seeking donations to ensure its continued existence as an autonomous housing cooperative.

Donate to Student's Co-op's GoFundMe
 
Group of smiling Rosewood co-op members sitting on the floor of their living room with a dog
Rosewood Housing Co-op is a non-hierarchical, fair housing co-op founded on the principles of sustainability, creativity, and affordability. Rosewood has saved enough money to secure a lease on their 2nd home in Central East Austin, Texas, but it will deplete their savings and leave their community in a risky position. They are asking for donations to help fund the upfront costs and to ensure financial security. 

Donate to Rosewood's GoFundMe
 

Upcoming Events

 
Making Meetings Accessible
FIC | April 22, 2022 | Online
Meetings are an essential part of community building, and in order to be inclusive, meetings should help people feel comfortable and included. Meeting accessibility goes beyond ADA — it involves thinking about culture, language, and even time of day. Join this workshop for practical advice on how to set up meetings so that all types of people can participate.

California Co-op Conference
CCCD | April 29-30, 2022 | Sacremento, CA
The California Center for Cooperative Development (CCCD) promotes cooperatives as a vibrant model to address the economic and social needs of California’s communities. Attend the CA Co-op Conference to share the latest developments in CA cooperatives, gain insights to strengthen your co-op, and network with other cooperators.

Student Housing Cooperatives of Europe - Is it Time to Unite?!
Cooperative Housing International | May 19, 2022 | Online
In this session, an international panel, including NASCO's Bronwyn Walls, will explore the benefits of European student housing cooperatives coming together under one umbrella organization. Panelists will discuss the benefits of federating including knowledge exchanges and networking opportunities.

Staff and Member Leadership Convening
NASCO | June 22-24, 2022 | Online
The NASCO Staff & Member Leadership Convening is a cooperative education and training program that is designed specifically to meet the needs of staff, managers, and member-leaders of group equity and campus-based housing cooperatives. This year's convening will focus on Human Resources within housing co-ops and cooperative problem solving through peer consultations. Registration is open now.

 
 

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NASCO is a movement organization that relies on our network of supporters. Your donations go towards resource creation, educational programming, co-op development, and more. Support the movement by donating!
 
See an archive of NASCO's monthly newsletter, Co-op Voices, here.

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