State Issues

Village of Valley Stream paves way for new building projects

Legislature passes bill to allow senior coop owners to apply for reverse mortgage loans

Resident co-op buys Harbor Village

Pennsylvania Must Dramatically Expand Access To Housing, Advocates Say

Justice: Co-ops No Longer Subject to Constraints of Tenant Protection Act

Miracle Mitchell-Lama housing developments seek preservation plan

With Parkway Gardens Up For Sale, Officials Hope New Owners Can Revive City’s First Black-Owned Housing Cooperative

A new home for $131K? Popular age-62-plus co-ops head for their newest Colorado location in Broomfield

Good news for recovery: $68 million for affordable housing – The San Francisco Examiner (

Connecting past, present, future | Midway Como Frogtown Monitor (

Kathryn Garcia | Habitat Magazine, New York’s Co-op and Condo Community

City to Hold More Public Hearings, Virtually, on Property Tax Reform | Habitat Magazine, New York’s Co-op and Condo Community

East New York CLT Seeks to Put Ownership in the Hands of the People (

Planning’s Preliminary Support for a Towering Freedom West 2.0

Park Row Alliance Pushes Back Against NYPD’s
“Militarization” | Habitat Magazine, New York’s Co-op and Condo Community

Tax break for disabled vets who own coops | NJ Spotlight

Tenants unions springing up in Portland in effort to protect, empower renters

How New York Co-ops Finally Flexed Their Political Muscle

Bill Would Require Co-op Boards to Give Reasons for Rejecting Sales

U.S. Appeals Court Sides With Co-op Boards in Major Discrimination Case

Boston City Council Supports Tenant’s 1st Right Of Refusal

In a sea of pricey rentals, CHUM is a beacon of housing affordability for UMD students

Our house: Could co-ops help solve Madison’s housing crisis?

Is a Cherished Co-op Board Power in Peril?

Cooperatives provide a worry-free housing option for seniors

A New Type of Pied-à-Terre Tax: A Surcharge on Non-Primary Owners 

The New York Assembly released its Tax and Revenue budget proposals for 2021-22, Assembly Bill 3009-B (the “Assembly Proposal”), which includes a new type of pied-à-terre tax, a surcharge on the owner! Read more from JD Supra

NY Recent Changes to Co-op & Condo Laws

This past June, the New York State Legislature and Governor enacted into law a sweeping overhaul of landlord-tenant relations throughout the State; just a few days later, these same powers enacted amendments to those amendments. While relatively few of the 74 pages of densely-written text directly affect cooperatives and condominiums, boards and managers should be aware of the items that do affect – or appear to affect – their communities. Read more

B22-0099 – Affordable Cooperative Task Force Act of 2017

DC passed this legislation, with a unanimous City Council vote, on April 10, 2018.

As introduced, this bill establishes the Affordable Cooperative Task Force to provide policy recommendations on improving existing limited equity cooperatives (a type of shared home ownership in which individuals purchase a share in a cooperative at an affordable cost); ensure the appropriate training and provision of technical assistance and management support to cooperatives; and issue recommendations on how the District can assist in the formation of new affordable cooperatives.

Learn more.

DSIRE – Find Policies & Incentives By State

DSIRE is the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. View the database of policies and incentives for renewable energy by state.

UHAB – National Co-op Research

The national coop research project is working to compile an up-to-date census of shared-equity housing cooperatives.  In addition, the research aims to identify the organizations and institutions that work to develop, manage and sustain housing coops. To stay abreast of this research and to connect to a valuable source of information about the national shared-equity coop community, please see the first update.

To see more, including the coop community map, please click here.

Open States

Open States is a collection of tools that make it possible for citizens to track what is happening in their state’s capitol by aggregating information from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

Using the site is simple: enter a U.S. address or select a state to start to research bills, review voting records, contact elected officials and more. Check out this Sunlight Academy tutorial to see how Open States can help citizens, journalists and activists learn more about their state government. Sort by state and always input the key search term cooperative when researching information tied to your local bills, records, etc.

Learn more here.

Cooperatives redefine Workspaces and Housing in Athens, Ohio

When the ceiling began to collapse at 23 Elliott St., the residents didn’t have to call their landlord and wait to get it fixed. Instead, they voted at their weekly meeting and used their house funds to solve the problem themselves.

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Homework: Solving Asheville’s Affordable Housing Crisis

It’s no secret: The shortage of affordable housing in the Asheville area is one of our community’s biggest problems.

Contributing factors include a growing population, the high demand for both apartments and houses, the particular challenges of building in the mountains and the low wages paid by many local employers.

Earlier this summer, Xpress decided to take a different tack in exploring the issue. We approached experts from various segments of the community to answer a deceptively simple question: “What would it take to solve the Asheville area’s affordable housing problem?”

Read full article.

New York – Co-op residents want change in city’s tax policy

by Megan Brockett

Residents of two housing units in Binghamton are calling for a change to the way their homes are taxed under the city’s two-tiered property tax system.

Under a state provision adopted by the city in 1993, cooperatives, or co-ops, in Binghamton are taxed at the rate established for commercial properties instead of the rate meant for residential ones.

Critics say the measure, known as the Homestead Tax Option, means about 150 households in Binghamton face a higher tax rate than the rest of the city’s homeowners.

Last year, the city’s tax rate for nonresidential properties was 41.67, while the residential tax rate was 23.25.

Charles Westgate, a resident of 5 Riverside Towers and president of the cooperative’s board, said the net result for his building is an average extra assessment of $1,300 or more per unit annually.

The 5 Riverside Towers cooperative receives a single tax bill, which it divides among its residents, adding to their monthly maintenance fee.

“The additional taxes we pay result in a higher … maintenance fee than we deserve,” Westgate said. “In the long term, in my opinion, (that will) diminish the value of our homes and place a financial burden on our cooperative.”

Under the Homestead Tax Option, local governments are able to create separate tax rates for residential and non-residential properties, a measure meant to protect residential property owners against large increases in their share of the tax burden after property re-evaluations.

One-, two- and three-family residential dwellings are classified as “homestead” properties and qualify for the lower, residential tax rate, as do farm homes, mobile homes and most condominiums.

But cooperatives are technically owned by a corporation, and when residents purchase a unit in a co-op, they are actually purchasing shares of the corporation rather than direct ownership of the unit.

Read full article here.

Boston, Massachusetts

We are working with Boston, MA housing cooperatives to help defeat legislation that would eliminate the right of a cooperative to screen new members. The local group is well-organized, particularly in meeting with elected officials to make them more aware of the devastating precedent this legislation would set on all cooperatives.