Northcountry Cooperative Foundation awarded grant through the Blue Cross Foundation

GRANT HELPS CREATE GREATER HEALTH EQUITY IN THE COMMUNITY

Minneapolis Minn. (June 29 2015) — The Northcountry Cooperative Foundation (NCF) received a $40,000 grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation to help more community members reach their full health potential. The funds will be used support NCF’s transformative work of converting MN manufactured home communities to resident (cooperative) ownership.

NCF convenes with its peer ROC USA Network members in Delaware

Over several chilly days in late March, NCF staff joined staff from seven other ROC USA Network Certified Technical Assistance Providers (CTAP)s—nonprofit organizations from around the country supporting resident ownership of manufactured housing communities nationwide—in  Wilmington, Delaware to celebrate the closeout of a year-long market development initiative designed to widen the scale of resident ownership of manufactured housing nationwide.

NCF WINS CRP POLICY VICTORY; LOOKS FORWARD TO FURTHER ADVANCES ON ISSUE

As a result of the efforts of NCF's lobbying representative supported by NCF's funding partners, manufactured housing cooperatives will no longer be required to issue Certificates of Rent Paid to residents for a benefit for which they no longer are eligible.  As manufactured housing cooperatives are ownership projects and receiving preferential homestead tax treatment on that basis, the Legislature no longer allows lot rent paid in a manufactured housing cooperative to be counted as lot rent against which a Certificate of Rent Paid can be issued for income tax benefits for the community's residents.

Building upon this limited victory, NCF plans to undertake efforts in the next Session toward winning back CRP benefits for residents of cooperatively owned manufactured housing communities.  NCF believes that given the benefits to the larger community that manufactured housing cooperatives deliver - more stable lot rents, security of tenure, democratic governance and control, asset-building opportunities - that state tax policy should encourage not discourage residents' efforts to organize a cooperative.  Moreover, since the CRP benefit is organized on a sliding scale, the lowest–income households are the most negatively affected by taking the CRP benefit from residents of such communities.