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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The Federated Youth Foundation is accepting applications for the 2018 Charles Van Sickle Scholarship. The $2,000 award is open to a pre-law or law student who resides in Wisconsin and plans to specialize in cooperative law. Applications are due April 1, 2018 for the spring semester.2018 Charles Van Sickle Scholarship Application

MADISON, Wis. [November 30, 2017] – Cooperative Network, the statewide trade association for cooperatives in Wisconsin and Minnesota, has named Gary Weber as the organization’s Interim President & CEO. In this role, Weber will direct all activities of the two-state operations, working closely with cooperative directors, managers and employees. “Cooperative...

Today Governor Walker signed Assembly Bill 353 (the Cooperative Statute Modernization Bill) into law. Our thanks to the many individuals who worked on and supported this legislation!

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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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