Housing Co-op Development

Taken at the 2012 TCI for housing co-op board members, Hampton Inn, Maple Grove, Minn.

Taken at the 2012 TCI for housing co-op board members, Hampton Inn, Maple Grove, Minn.

To date, NCF has assisted residents of twelve manufactured home communities in Minnesota and Wisconsin form cooperatives and purchase their communities from private owners. Post purchase, NCF provides continuing support to the boards of directors that govern these co-ops. NCF continues to offer short training sessions to housing co-op boards of directors on topics related to governance, membership development and operational skill-building. Session topics, format and location are developed in partnership with the board of each co-op.

Training & Education

Small and Strong Initiative

customized Support for small food coops

There are a number of small and startup food cooperatives in the Upper Midwest that, because of their size, do not qualify for membership in National Cooperative Grocers (NCG), and thus do not have access to regular training or peer support. NCF is partnering with Cooperative Development Services (CDS), the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives, and the Food Co-op Initiative to provide training and support to board members and staff of these small and startup co-ops.

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Common Ground Conference

Training & SUPPORT for housing cooperatives

Common Ground Conference (formerly ROC Summit) is a conference designed for leaders of housing cooperatives. The conference provides an opportunity for new and veteran leaders to exchange ideas, share wisdom, and build new leadership skills.

Special Projects

Once a community of households is organized into a cooperative, the cooperative can use its strengthened position in the market to buy discounted goods and services for its members. ROC USA has negotiated for discounts for members of myROCUSA.org, a discount buying club for residents and members of manufactured housing cooperatives across the country. ROC USA and NCF have partnered with property management service providers and insurance companies to secure better rates on their services for cooperatives. All of NCF’s initiatives build on the power and influence of an organized community to deliver value and savings to its members.   

Our client cooperatives pursue many other special projects that are closer to home. Having completed construction of six additional parking garages and a bus shelter, Madelia Mobile Village Cooperative is pursuing funding for construction of a storm shelter and community center.  Within the first couple months of its resident purchase, Sunrise Villa Cooperative replaced its playground with a new one and converted a storage shed to a bus stop for the community’s children. Park Plaza Cooperative completed a nearly million-dollar upgrade of its water, sewer, storm water, and street systems in its community in 2015. Often using volunteer labor, Prairie Lake Estates Homeowners Cooperative replaced its community cookout firebrick, added kayak spaces, improved drainage swales, replaced damaged lengths of concrete driveway, roadway, and sidewalk, and used an innovative and cost-effective foam-jacking technique to shore up its walkways. Stonegate Cooperative finished out its community center space, improved drainage and repainted its below-grade storm shelter, and created new Board meeting space.