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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!

The Elephant in the Room

by Fred Gibbs | July 31, 2020 |
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“Let’s talk about the elephant in the room.” This sentence is often the opening of an airing of grievances, long suppressed and ignored. As I pen this article, I realize the statement must be followed by a question. Which elephant? A global pandemic, the disproportionate impact of disease on people of color, income discrepancies, ever-shrinking […]

Safety is Paramount when Planning and Maintaining Playgrounds

by John T. Stevens and Stacey Imber | July 31, 2020 | Safety

You’ve heard the old saying, “They don’t make ‘em like they used to.” Well, that is a good thing when it comes to playground equipment. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it has been estimated that 220,000 children ages 14 and under are injured each year by playground equipment-related incidents; about 76 […]

Dive Deeper into Benchmarking Your Cooperative

by David Wilkins | July 31, 2020 | Governance

In my last article on cooperative benchmarking, I made the case that boards would be better informed in their budgeting decisions if they used more and different benchmarking techniques. Certainly, most boards have used historical data to benchmark future costs. If boards know what the water bill was the past three years, they should be […]

Understanding Cooperative Financial Statements: Not for Professionals Only

by Brian Dahlk | July 31, 2020 | Financial Issues

Financial statements – the mere term often causes eyes to glaze over and minds wander. Let’s just leave that job to the professionals, right? Wrong! If you’re a board member of a cooperative, a basic understanding of financial statements is one of your important responsibilities. To govern your cooperative responsibly, you don’t need to have […]

Usher Creativity into Your Cooperative Decision Making

by Theresa Cady | July 31, 2020 | Wellness

Have you ever thought about how to be more creative? Or about trying to be creative at all? Most people are just concerned with getting the task at hand completed and not trying to do it in a different or creative way. Creativity is a somewhat abstract and subjective topic but can lead to amazing […]

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!

The Elephant in the Room

by Fred Gibbs | July 31, 2020 |
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“Let’s talk about the elephant in the room.” This sentence is often the opening of an airing of grievances, long suppressed and ignored. As I pen this article, I realize the statement must be followed by a question. Which elephant? A global pandemic, the disproportionate impact of disease on people of color, income discrepancies, ever-shrinking […]

Safety is Paramount when Planning and Maintaining Playgrounds

by John T. Stevens and Stacey Imber | July 31, 2020 | Safety

You’ve heard the old saying, “They don’t make ‘em like they used to.” Well, that is a good thing when it comes to playground equipment. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it has been estimated that 220,000 children ages 14 and under are injured each year by playground equipment-related incidents; about 76 […]

Dive Deeper into Benchmarking Your Cooperative

by David Wilkins | July 31, 2020 | Governance

In my last article on cooperative benchmarking, I made the case that boards would be better informed in their budgeting decisions if they used more and different benchmarking techniques. Certainly, most boards have used historical data to benchmark future costs. If boards know what the water bill was the past three years, they should be […]

Understanding Cooperative Financial Statements: Not for Professionals Only

by Brian Dahlk | July 31, 2020 | Financial Issues

Financial statements – the mere term often causes eyes to glaze over and minds wander. Let’s just leave that job to the professionals, right? Wrong! If you’re a board member of a cooperative, a basic understanding of financial statements is one of your important responsibilities. To govern your cooperative responsibly, you don’t need to have […]

Usher Creativity into Your Cooperative Decision Making

by Theresa Cady | July 31, 2020 | Wellness

Have you ever thought about how to be more creative? Or about trying to be creative at all? Most people are just concerned with getting the task at hand completed and not trying to do it in a different or creative way. Creativity is a somewhat abstract and subjective topic but can lead to amazing […]