The Council of New York Cooperatives & Condominiums (CNYC)
The CNYC is proud to announce that, after years of trying, this year its champions in the state legislature were able to pass legislation that will enable seniors in housing cooperatives in New York State to seek reverse share loans to tap some of the value of their apartments so that they can live out their years in the homes and communities that they love. Judy Sullivan, NAHC’s government relations specialist, was wonderfully helpful in these efforts.
CNYC and the Federation of New York Housing Cooperatives and Condominiums continue to combat city and state legislation aimed at controlling the functioning of housing cooperatives. They also help their members understand and work to comply with legislative mandates designed to reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent over the next 30 years.
In addition, the state legislation extended the property tax abatement program for two years. The program is designed to bring the property taxes paid by shareholders in NYC housing cooperatives and condominiums a bit closer to the modest taxes paid by home owners in one, two and three family houses. There had been hope of a recommendation from an advisory commission appointed over a year ago to study the tax program in NYC and
propose a system that would be fair to all taxpayers and easy to understand. But there has been no word from this commission yet this year.
CNYC’s 39th Annual Housing Conference will take place on November 17, 2019. Members of NAHC are invited to attend CNYC’s all day housing conference at modest member rates. The conference brochure is posted on the CNYC website.
CSI Support & Development Services, Inc. (CSI)
Nearly 200 cooperators, representing 25 cooperatives represented in Michigan, in 58 regions learned about diversity and selected from 38 workshops at the CSI Michigan Regional Conference August 14-16 in Troy. CSI presented conferences attendees with three general session workshops. Karen Braunscheidel, CSI
national education manager gave a presentation on diversity. Theresa Cady, Michigan region education coordinator gave a magic show entitled Creativity by and The “Yes, And” Culture by Jack Tamm, cooperative liaison. At the “CSI Art Party” everyone ate, danced, painted their co-op masterpiece, made bracelets and/or keychains, and got their conference shirts tie-dyed.
Midwest Association of Housing Cooperatives (MAHC)
MAHC’S annual conference will be held at the Sheraton Denver Downtown in Denver, Co., May 16-21, 2020.
Potomac Association of Housing Cooperatives (PAHC)
PAHC will hold its fall training on Saturday, November 9, at Village Green Mutual Homes, in Hyattsville, Md. Its annual conference will be held at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, Dover, Dela., April 23-25, 2020.
Michigan Cooperative Celebrates a Milestone
On August 31, Flat Rock Towers Co-op Apartments in Flat Rock, Mich., celebrated its 30th anniversary. The CSI Support and Development Services cooperative is a six-story high rise with 96 units (72 one bedrooms and 24 studios). The senior community is smoke free.
The National Affordable Housing Management Association recognizes the cooperative as “A Community of Quality.” This cooperative first opened its doors in 1989 and had a multi-million dollar renovation in 2007.
Maryland Cooperative Throws a Back to School Event
Walker Cooperative in Baltimore, Md., gave 30 bookbags of school supplies to grand and great grands, nieces and nephews ranging from head start to 12th grade during the cooperative’s Second Annual Grandparents/Back to School Event on August 2, 2019.
Service coordinator Nichaun Dean said she started the event first get to know her members’ extended family. Second, allow her members to have an event that they would meet each other’s family. Third, extend and build a stronger sense of community. Last year Dean supplied the school supplies and food with months of planning and bargain shopping. This year she involved the members who donated paper, pens, glue sticks and other school supplies. Dean’s family purchased the book bags.
With the issue of bullying existing in the schools, Dean partnered with a Baltimore City school teacher who talked about how to handle a bully. In addition to the giveaway and presentation, the gathering enjoyed music, food, activities for the kids and just an overall day of family fun.
Walker Cooperative is a CSI Support and Development Services cooperative.
NAHC welcomes the following new members:
Juanita Olson, Tucson, Ariz.
Brian Dahlk, Madison, Wis.
Michael Fox Johnson, Alexandria, Va.
Sharon Kuba, Kansas City, Mo.
Lee Gilbreth, San Antonio, Texas
Lynn Royal, Ashland, Mass.
DWilliams Management Group, LLC, Stone Mountain, Ga.