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Black Lives Matter

The National Association of Housing Cooperatives condemns the murder of Mr. George Floyd by Minneapolis Police Officers and the continued practice of injustice against people of color

The murder of Mr. Floyd, the delayed arrest of former MPD officer Derek Chauvin, and the further delay of charges and arrests of other officers who participated in the unlawful termination of Mr. Floyd’s life is among an endless list of human rights atrocities that represent the bloody legacy of these United States of America.

Viewed from the Black and brown perspective – when we look back at the history of our nation, we see progress supported by protests. We must protest hatred, bigotry, social and economic inequities, violence, and unjust treatment of all human life. When we look back, we see slavery, Jim Crow, mass incarceration and disenfranchisement. When we look back, we see an economic system that is rarely attainable by those who work so hard to achieve the American Dream. For this reason, we support housing cooperatives as a way to achieve homeownership in a collective fashion. When we look back, there is a sea of Black and brown faces that bear the weight of social trauma and isolation. When we look back, we see red and blue lights in the rearview mirror. Even if they aren’t on, they are boldly illuminated in minds and give us pause. The pause has kept and still keeps millions of Americans from reaching for the dream. If we reach, will the lights come on? Will we be targeted? Will be the next George Floyd? Is it the intended strategy, to cause us to maintain a fixed gaze in the rearview mirror, forever looking back and not forward? We must refuse. We must cautiously take a look behind us as we veer into a new lane. One that is not obstructed and has no hidden pitfalls. We must support each other as we rise.

We, the National Association of Housing Cooperatives, support fair and equitable treatment of all persons, without regard to race, religion, gender, nationality, or any other protected class. We support protest and positive change. We support due process and justice for lost lives at the hands of police officers. We support housing as a basic human right. We support good policing of our communities. We support the abolishment of police brutality. We support rigorous bias training for police officers. We support community.

We call upon the United States Congress and the President to hear and listen to the voices of the People. We are the People.

Fred\d Gibbs, NAHC President

The National Association of Housing Cooperatives proudly represents 8 regional member associations with more than 1,200 cooperatives, more than 145,000 cooperative households and 70 professional and individual members throughout the United States.

D.C. Cooperative Task Force Proclamation Win

The Council of the District of Columbia announced a proclamation as a result of the work of the DC Limited Equity Cooperative Task Force, of which Hugh Jeffers (NAHC Chair of the Development and Preservation Committee) and Vernon Oakes (NAHC Past President) are contributing parties. NAHC was represented in testimony this summer before Councilwoman Anita Bonds, by Gregory J. Carlson (NAHC Chairman), Fred K. Gibbs (NAHC President) and Judy Sullivan (NAHC Government Relations Representative). NAHC representatives spoke in support of the work of this Task Force. NAHC is very proud of this huge acknowledgment by our nation’s capital that promotes and affirms that housing cooperatives are an answer to the affordable housing crisis facing our nation.

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Read more about the testimony this past summer on our blog, click here.

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Office of Public Affairs Presents
Stakeholder HUDdle: Efforts to Increase Economic Opportunity 

Monday, April 22, 2019
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Brooke-Mondale Auditorium
HUD Headquarters
451 7th Street SW

Details from HUD:

Stakeholder Community,

We are excited to invite you to our April Stakeholder HUDdle where we will discuss HUD’s newly proposed Section 3 rule and HUD can help low-income individuals achieve self-sufficiency.

This past Wednesday, HUD published a proposed rule to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968. Section 3 requires employment, training, contracting, and other economic opportunities generated by certain HUD financial assistance to be directed to the greatest extent feasible to low- and very low-income persons, especially recipients of government assistance for housing, and to businesses that provide economic opportunities to low- and very low-income persons. See the proposed rule here.

Please join us to hear remarks from Secretary Carson, insights from public housing authorities and policy experts.

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It’s National Volunteer Week!

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our wonderful volunteers for their continued support of NAHC. Your help is how we’ve been able to grow the association into what it is today and we are sincerely grateful for your support. Have a great week!