COVID-19 Update & Resources

Last updated: May 13, 2020

Housing cooperatives and our members are in a unique position during the COVID-19 outbreak to utilize the values and skillsets we've prioritized as a movement: concern for community, responsibility, mutual aid, solidarity, and organization.
NASCO is working to continue our mission to provide resources and encouragement to housing cooperatives across North America during this global crisis. We are shifting our programming to meet the situation, providing space for cooperatives to build and share action plans, and connecting co-ops to resources as needed.

We are closely monitoring the increasing spread of COVID-19 and taking proactive steps to support our members and the communities that they are embedded within. We are continuously evaluating the situation and adjusting as needed.

See below for:

NASCO Programming Updates

  • Staff and Managers Conference Online
    NASCO’s Spring Staff and Managers Conference will be held Online May 27th- 31st. The conference will offer programming to both Student leaders and Co-op Staff as well as joint workshop offerings. 
  • Remote Member Visits
    We have suspended NASCO member visits that require travel until further notice and are increasing our offering of remote trainings and consultations to member co-ops. Remote member visits include one or two workshops of your choice.  If your co-op would like to schedule a member visit, please contact
  • Updates to NASCO Trainings
    Staff have reviewed all trainings planned for each member interaction to include updates on changes in best practices for health and safety, maintenance and finance planning, and changes in facilitation to fit the necessary change in the medium used.
  • Institute
    We are aware that there is a possibility of NASCO Institute being affected by COVID-19. We are planning for contingency options for remote or hybrid remote conferences in the fall, are in touch with the University of Michigan Union on their local logistical issues, and will be collecting feedback on best practices for remote events and trainings through Spring.   
  • Co-op Internship Network
    We have been able to maintain some internship hosts this summer through providing remote internship positions. Though many hosts were unable to provide remote placements we appreciated the flexibility and participation of all hosts and applicants.

A thorough outline of the NASCO Family's response to the COVID-19 pandemic including how we are supporting members, adapting existing programming, and our next steps can be found here


Cooperative Living in COVID-19 Resources

 Co-op Economic Resources & Funding

If your co-op needs assistance applying for any of these funding sources, Click here to request COVID-19 loan application assistance for your co-op from NASCO.


Mutual Aid, Advocacy & Social Justice Wisdom


Remote work


We are encouraging our network to practice radical solidarity through this time by sharing information, building resources, and bridging gaps for folks with differing vulnerabilities.

Remember that everyone processes stress and emotions differently.  Be gentle with each other and extend grace, empathy, and patience. Check in often

Take time to talk through and share concerns as a community.  Revisit your community agreements.  Use this information and other reliable sources to create a community action plan. 

Join the NASCO Slack to connect with other co-ops about action plans and community care resources. 

Please reach out to NASCO staff at if you need support.  



NASCO is committed to continuing to provide services to our member cooperatives, regardless of their ability to pay their annual NASCO dues. From support on loan applications to offering paid remote internship placements for emerging cooperative leaders, NASCO is there for our members to provide critical support and offer a vision for collective resiliency. We kindly ask that you join us in supporting our incredible network of housing cooperatives. Your gift will help to ensure that NASCO is able to provide both immediate support to cooperatives and sustained leadership development to cooperators across North America.