COOPSERVATIONS

COOPSERVATIONS is NAHC’s newest resource. Our blog focuses on topics most relevant to professionals in the co-op industry. Cooperative housing governance, development, financial issues and more are up for discussion. Stand with NAHC at the forefront of cooperative housing issues to keep the conversation going.

Mutual Housing’s Sustainable Housing Model Gains Global Recognition

by webmaster | March 19, 2018 | Developing Housing Cooperatives

By Steven Root Mutual Housing California was honored with the 2017 World Habitat Award. The last U.S. cooperative-related winner was Champlain Housing Trust in 2008. Each year the World Habitat Awards, in partnership with the United Nations – Habitat, are presented to two outstanding and innovative housing projects – from more than 100 entries from […]

Ethical Conduct Makes for Good Governance: A Guide for New Cooperative Directors

by webmaster | March 19, 2018 | Cooperative Housing Governance

By Douglas M. Kleine, CAE Lying, cheating and stealing make good headlines, whether on the front page, the sports page or the business page. Since cooperative members are already aware of illegal activity to avoid, ethical conduct and relationships are appropriate and important to broach on three levels; conduct and relationships in the boardroom and […]

Fire Protection in Aging Buildings is Paramount

by webmaster | March 19, 2018 | Physical Management of Housing Cooperatives

While there are many building components that can cause considerable damage when they fail, nothing is as dangerous as a failure to the electrical system. Malfunctioning devices and aging wiring can cause fire, electrocution and even death under certain circumstances. The threat of fire is even more significant in multifamily housing because a fire in […]

Fire Safety: A Tragic Reminder of Importance

by webmaster | March 19, 2018 | Physical Management of Housing Cooperatives

On December 28, 2017, New York City had the deadliest fire since the 1990s where there were 12 fatalities, three of them children. While this happened in a rental building, the construction is like many cooperative buildings in the city, and this incident reminds us all, regardless of building size or location of the importance […]

Green Rewards Could Save Your Cooperative Money

by webmaster | March 12, 2018 | Financial Issues of Concern for Housing Cooperatives

By David Wilkins Many stories have been written about the value of employing energy savings devices throughout cooperatives. These stories explore the virtue of cost savings and the benefits of living green. But, did you know that going green can also reduce the cost of mortgage interest for your community’s loan? What are Green Rewards? […]

Seven Common Budgeting Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

by webmaster | March 12, 2018 | Financial Issues of Concern for Housing Cooperatives

By Bill Henley Each year, a cooperative’s board of directors must decide on a budget for the coming year in order to pay the bills in a timely manner, fund reserves and maintain the asset. This is a principal responsibility of the board of directors as outlined in the corporate bylaws. Budgeting is challenging for […]

Project Costs: What’s the Bottom Line?

by webmaster | March 12, 2018 | Financial Issues of Concern for Housing Cooperatives

By Leon Yudkin Geoxavier “How much will this cost?” is one of the first and foremost questions addressed when a capital project is presented for board review and approval. Whether the project in question is mandatory (like a code required fix) or discretionary (like new landscaping or interior finishes), the cost should and will inevitably […]

NAHC is Cooperating with Other Cooperatives at Home, Around the World Linda Brockway Greg Carlson Fred Gibbs Karen Harvey Randall Pentiuk

by webmaster | March 12, 2018 | Other Cooperative Topics

HAPPY NEW YEAR! May 2018 be the best year ever for our members. In early October, Linda Brockway and Greg Carlson attended the Co-op Festival and National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA’s Impact Conference. Both Brockway and Carlson networked with representatives of the cooperative sectors that make up the cooperative community, which includes housing. This event […]

NAHC Honors Its Outgoing Chair with the Jerry Voorhis Award

by webmaster | March 12, 2018 | Other Cooperative Topics

NAHC Member Services Committee Chair Linda Brockway presented the Jerry Voorhis Award to retiring NAHC Chairman Ralph J. Marcus for his 30-year dedication and commitment to the cooperative housing movement. As a child, Marcus and his family lived in a cooperative community. As an adult, he is president and CEO of Marcus Management, Inc., a […]

COOPSERVATIONS

COOPSERVATIONS is NAHC’s newest resource. Our blog focuses on topics most relevant to professionals in the co-op industry. Cooperative housing governance, development, financial issues and more are up for discussion. Stand with NAHC at the forefront of cooperative housing issues to keep the conversation going.

Mutual Housing’s Sustainable Housing Model Gains Global Recognition

by webmaster | March 19, 2018 | Developing Housing Cooperatives

By Steven Root Mutual Housing California was honored with the 2017 World Habitat Award. The last U.S. cooperative-related winner was Champlain Housing Trust in 2008. Each year the World Habitat Awards, in partnership with the United Nations – Habitat, are presented to two outstanding and innovative housing projects – from more than 100 entries from […]

Ethical Conduct Makes for Good Governance: A Guide for New Cooperative Directors

by webmaster | March 19, 2018 | Cooperative Housing Governance

By Douglas M. Kleine, CAE Lying, cheating and stealing make good headlines, whether on the front page, the sports page or the business page. Since cooperative members are already aware of illegal activity to avoid, ethical conduct and relationships are appropriate and important to broach on three levels; conduct and relationships in the boardroom and […]

Fire Protection in Aging Buildings is Paramount

by webmaster | March 19, 2018 | Physical Management of Housing Cooperatives

While there are many building components that can cause considerable damage when they fail, nothing is as dangerous as a failure to the electrical system. Malfunctioning devices and aging wiring can cause fire, electrocution and even death under certain circumstances. The threat of fire is even more significant in multifamily housing because a fire in […]

Fire Safety: A Tragic Reminder of Importance

by webmaster | March 19, 2018 | Physical Management of Housing Cooperatives

On December 28, 2017, New York City had the deadliest fire since the 1990s where there were 12 fatalities, three of them children. While this happened in a rental building, the construction is like many cooperative buildings in the city, and this incident reminds us all, regardless of building size or location of the importance […]

Green Rewards Could Save Your Cooperative Money

by webmaster | March 12, 2018 | Financial Issues of Concern for Housing Cooperatives

By David Wilkins Many stories have been written about the value of employing energy savings devices throughout cooperatives. These stories explore the virtue of cost savings and the benefits of living green. But, did you know that going green can also reduce the cost of mortgage interest for your community’s loan? What are Green Rewards? […]

Seven Common Budgeting Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

by webmaster | March 12, 2018 | Financial Issues of Concern for Housing Cooperatives

By Bill Henley Each year, a cooperative’s board of directors must decide on a budget for the coming year in order to pay the bills in a timely manner, fund reserves and maintain the asset. This is a principal responsibility of the board of directors as outlined in the corporate bylaws. Budgeting is challenging for […]

Project Costs: What’s the Bottom Line?

by webmaster | March 12, 2018 | Financial Issues of Concern for Housing Cooperatives

By Leon Yudkin Geoxavier “How much will this cost?” is one of the first and foremost questions addressed when a capital project is presented for board review and approval. Whether the project in question is mandatory (like a code required fix) or discretionary (like new landscaping or interior finishes), the cost should and will inevitably […]

NAHC is Cooperating with Other Cooperatives at Home, Around the World Linda Brockway Greg Carlson Fred Gibbs Karen Harvey Randall Pentiuk

by webmaster | March 12, 2018 | Other Cooperative Topics

HAPPY NEW YEAR! May 2018 be the best year ever for our members. In early October, Linda Brockway and Greg Carlson attended the Co-op Festival and National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA’s Impact Conference. Both Brockway and Carlson networked with representatives of the cooperative sectors that make up the cooperative community, which includes housing. This event […]

NAHC Honors Its Outgoing Chair with the Jerry Voorhis Award

by webmaster | March 12, 2018 | Other Cooperative Topics

NAHC Member Services Committee Chair Linda Brockway presented the Jerry Voorhis Award to retiring NAHC Chairman Ralph J. Marcus for his 30-year dedication and commitment to the cooperative housing movement. As a child, Marcus and his family lived in a cooperative community. As an adult, he is president and CEO of Marcus Management, Inc., a […]