Cooperative housing is controlled and managed by its residents and can take many forms—from high-rise apartments to single family housing. Senior housing cooperatives first appeared in 1978 in Minnesota, where today nearly 75 percent of such cooperatives in the U.S. are located. Cooperative Network's housing membership currently includes senior housing cooperatives only. The association's services to this sector focus primarily on education and networking support. 


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MADISON, Wis. [September 29, 2017] – Cooperative Network was pleased to see the many advocates who came out to testify on behalf of AB 353 at the Wisconsin Assembly Financial Institutions Committee Hearing this week. “It was wonderful to see the many supporters of the bill coming together to have...

September 27, 2017 To: Members, Assembly Financial Institutions CommitteeFrom: John Manske, Senior Government Affairs Director and David Ward, Director of Government Relations and DairyRE: Support for AB 353 Thank you Chairman Katsma and members of the committee for scheduling this hearing on AB 353, which provides several changes to Chapter 185...

Who supports this legislation?The Cooperative Statute Modernization Bill (AB 353 and SB 281) has bipartisan support from 26 members of the Wisconsin Assembly and seven Wisconsin Senators. What is the benefit to having appointed directors?If Chapter 185 is updated, cooperative members would be enabled to have the option of nominating...

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Senior Cooperative Housing Conference

Cooperative Network’s annual Senior Cooperative Housing Conference is held in the Twin Cities area with about 300 attendees. Along with directors and staff of senior housing cooperatives from several states, attendees at this national conference include real estate developers and management companies, individuals interested in creating a senior housing co-op, and the broader service community for this sector. A resource guide notebook is provided to all attendees and includes sample polices, presentations, and other reference materials discussed at the conference.


Cooperative Network designs and facilitates senior cooperative housing workshops based on member ideas and questions generally related to co-op operations. The workshops are typically hosted at a senior housing cooperative in the Twin Cities area.

Senior Cooperative Housing Council

Cooperative Network’s Senior Cooperative Housing Council meets several times a year. During these meetings, council members discuss shared challenges and opportunities in small groups. This exchange of issues and ideas builds relationships and helps keep senior housing cooperatives thriving.

Senior Cooperative Housing Managers Network 

Cooperative Network facilitates a senior cooperative housing manager email group to help cooperatives pose questions and share best practices with the larger community. Contact Vicky Chaput to join the list.


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