Cooperative Housing Blog

NAHC’s Cooperative Housing Blog addresses hot topics for professionals in the housing cooperative industry. Legal issues, governance, development, tax tips and more are all up for discussion. Stand with NAHC at the forefront of cooperative housing issues to keep the conversation going!

Fifty-One Homeless Vets Given Cooperative Keys to a New Home & Life

by NAHC | June 27, 2019 | Other Cooperative Topics

By David J. Thompson In 2018, in Agawam, Mass., the last of a group of homeless veterans was handed their keys to home ownership. In total, 51 homeless veterans were not just given keys to their own housing cooperative but keys to a new life. For the first time in a long time, these veterans […]

Three Quick and Easy Steps to Encourage Board Members to Speak Up

by NAHC | June 27, 2019 | Governance

By Cindi Phallen Each year you work hard to bring on new board members who will help you do your important work. They’re smart, eager, connected and ready to roll. The excitement is palpable, and they jump in with both feet. And then something happens. At some point, most board members’ productivity slows down a […]

Co-ops Go Solar: Bringing Renewable Energy to Low-Income Cooperatives

by NAHC | June 27, 2019 | Green Initiatives

By Clara Weinstein As politicians across the country scramble to put together a “Green New Deal” to deal with the deleterious effects of climate change, the Co-ops Go Solar campaign in New York is asking: what would happen if the cooperative principle of self-determination was applied to a transition to renewable energy? The Co-ops Go […]

A Smart Step to Protect Your Co-op: An Overview of Certificate of Insurance

by NAHC | June 27, 2019 | Insurance Issues

Your cooperative may rely on working with other businesses in order to succeed. But, that can leave the cooperative exposed because it can be held legally liable for damages if contractors do not have adequate insurance coverage. Doing business with vendors, buyers, contractors/ subcontractors and suppliers can have implications on the cooperative’s own insurance coverage […]

Weak Insurance Coverage Could Expose Boards

by NAHC | June 27, 2019 | GovernanceInsurance Issues

By Michael S. Hale, Esq. Purchasing insurance is indeed a complicated endeavor. All policies differ in their terms and conditions, and it is critical that the board spend quality time every year in assessing the cooperative’s coverages and getting the input of qualified advisors. While many board members believe that the cooperative’s directors and officers […]

Cooperative Housing Blog

NAHC’s Cooperative Housing Blog addresses hot topics for professionals in the housing cooperative industry. Legal issues, governance, development, tax tips and more are all up for discussion. Stand with NAHC at the forefront of cooperative housing issues to keep the conversation going!

Fifty-One Homeless Vets Given Cooperative Keys to a New Home & Life

by NAHC | June 27, 2019 | Other Cooperative Topics

By David J. Thompson In 2018, in Agawam, Mass., the last of a group of homeless veterans was handed their keys to home ownership. In total, 51 homeless veterans were not just given keys to their own housing cooperative but keys to a new life. For the first time in a long time, these veterans […]

Three Quick and Easy Steps to Encourage Board Members to Speak Up

by NAHC | June 27, 2019 | Governance

By Cindi Phallen Each year you work hard to bring on new board members who will help you do your important work. They’re smart, eager, connected and ready to roll. The excitement is palpable, and they jump in with both feet. And then something happens. At some point, most board members’ productivity slows down a […]

Co-ops Go Solar: Bringing Renewable Energy to Low-Income Cooperatives

by NAHC | June 27, 2019 | Green Initiatives

By Clara Weinstein As politicians across the country scramble to put together a “Green New Deal” to deal with the deleterious effects of climate change, the Co-ops Go Solar campaign in New York is asking: what would happen if the cooperative principle of self-determination was applied to a transition to renewable energy? The Co-ops Go […]

A Smart Step to Protect Your Co-op: An Overview of Certificate of Insurance

by NAHC | June 27, 2019 | Insurance Issues

Your cooperative may rely on working with other businesses in order to succeed. But, that can leave the cooperative exposed because it can be held legally liable for damages if contractors do not have adequate insurance coverage. Doing business with vendors, buyers, contractors/ subcontractors and suppliers can have implications on the cooperative’s own insurance coverage […]

Weak Insurance Coverage Could Expose Boards

by NAHC | June 27, 2019 | GovernanceInsurance Issues

By Michael S. Hale, Esq. Purchasing insurance is indeed a complicated endeavor. All policies differ in their terms and conditions, and it is critical that the board spend quality time every year in assessing the cooperative’s coverages and getting the input of qualified advisors. While many board members believe that the cooperative’s directors and officers […]