Message from the President
Dear Fellow Cooperator,
Happy New Year! 2004 has gotten off to a great start for the Midwest Association of Housing Cooperatives and I want to share with you some of the things we are working on to improve services to our membership.
A number of our member cooperatives have annual meetings in March and April. As you prepare your agenda please note that we are now offering to have a representative attend your meeting to provide brief remarks about the association and the cooperative movement in general. If you are interested in inviting a board or staff member to your annual meeting please contact our Office Manager, Carolyn Jackson at (734) 955-9516, or by e-mail at Carolyn MAHC@aol.com. All invitations will receive a response, however we will schedule attendance on a first—come first—serve basis.
I am pleased to announce that the board has contracted the services of Micki Williams as our Director of Education and Development, long time cooperators know Micki from her many years of service on the board of directors of both the National Association of Housing Cooperatives and the Midwest Association of Housing Cooperatives, as well as her work with cooperatives as a professional property manager.
She retired in 2002 as president of a property management firm and established Micki Williams Cooperative Consultants (MWCC) to provide consulting services to housing cooperatives throughout the country.
Among her duties for MAHC we have asked her to up-date some of our courses and develop new ones of interest to cooperatives. We will now be offering a wide variety of classes and seminars that can be conducted at your property. This will allow your membership to participate in training without the additional costs associated with travel and lodging usually incurred at a conference.
If you ale interested in scheduling training For your members, staff or committees please call our office manager. In addition to our core training courses we can develop courses tailored to your cooperative’s specific needs.
The new HUD Handbook 5350.3 (Occupancy Requirements of Subsidized Multifamily Housing Programs) has been released and is being reviewed so that we can identify any changes of note to cooperatives. I’m sure we will be addressing this at our upcoming annual conference in Kissimmee, Florida, May 16 through May 20, 2004
The HUD Handbook 4350.1 is also being revised. We have been assured that HUD central office will have someone knowledgeable about cooperatives participating in the revisions.
One of our goals this year is to meet with staff at the HUD offices serving the Midwest area. We want HUD to recognize that housing cooperatives are serious about our future viability, and we want to cooperate with MUD in identifying and resolving any issues of particular importance to cooperatives. We have already met with staff in the Detroit office, and have agreed to schedule future meetings on a quarterly basis.
We will be providing training on housing cooperatives to HUD staff in an effort to improve their understanding of our concerns, and establish a better relationship between cooperatives and the regulatory agency.
The Midwest Association of Housing Cooperatives relies on member input to lead us in developing new services. We are striving to improve our services and he more responsible to each of you. If you have any suggestions or ideas for additional services or benefits please let us know.
I look forward to seeing you in Kissimmee Florida.
Yours in the cooperative spirit,
Volume 1, Issue 4