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NAHC Official Statement

The National Association of Housing Cooperatives hereby condemns the riotous insurrection and criminal behavior that took place in our nation’s Capitol, January 6, 2021.

Among the principles for which we, the National Association of Housing Cooperatives stand, is “Concern for Community”, the seventh Rochdale Principle. An objective reflection on the events and dangerous rhetoric leading up to the deadly, riotous, and criminal behavior in and around the nation’s capital, can only yield an opinion that the conductors of this symphony of chaos, those who supported, and those who participated are concerned only for themselves and a moment in infamy. We support an environment of concern and positive change.

Some have said, “The darkest hour is just before dawn”. To that, we say, “Wake up America”. Our communities deserve your concern.    

Fred Gibbs
NAHC President

Announcing NAHC on AmazonSmile Charity

Many of our National Association of Housing Cooperatives members and friends are already shopping on Amazon.com, But did you know that every time you shop on Amazon, you can support NAHC? Participating is easy and here’s how:

Simply shop through Amazon Smile and choose the National Association of Housing Cooperatives. Amazon will donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases to NAHC.

Once you have chosen NAHC, Amazon will remember this for future visits; you do not need to select NAHC each time you shop. However, you DO need to begin your shopping session by entering Amazon through smile.amazon.com. 

Additionally, when you check out, in your Order Summary screen, there will be a confirmation that your order is benefiting the National Association of Housing. We hope you consider shopping through AmazonSmile and supporting NAHC, because giving a little means a lot to us!

2020 NAHC Annual Meeting

Saturday, November 14, 2020 | 2:00 pm Eastern Time

The Annual Meeting will be held electronically on Zoom by pre-registering for the event. The purpose of the 2020 Annual Meeting shall be to elect five (5) persons to the naturally expiring NAHC Board of Directors terms, all of which are expiring three-year terms, and consider certain amendments to the NAHC Bylaws, which can be found on the Annual Meeting Page on our website. The membership will consider other business issues that rightfully may come before the body of the members.

Registration is required for this event. Learn more and RSVP.

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.