History Of MAHC

From Michigan to Midwest

First Meetings

1963 Cadillac Hotel, Detroit, Michigan 13 or 14 people from that many cooperatives met to be heard. Many cooperatives had not reached endorsement stage but had many unanswered questions.

Decided no formal organization, but established Newsletter with Do’s and Don’t’s of running the day-to-day operation within the housing cooperative.

First Conference

1963, Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan Two meetings held and the suggestion for a formal organization came forth — MAHC –the Michigan Association of Housing Cooperatives. Overwhelming response by cooperators to create a formal organization to represent people.

Dues structure and nomination of Board of Directors patterned from the National Association of Housing Cooperatives bylaws.

First Board of Directors

C. March Miller II, President
James J. Tahash,-Assistant to the President
David Page, Assistant to the President
Dr. D. Samuel Harris, Vice President
Maurice Shepherd, Secretary
Hon. Perceivable Piper, Treasurer
Wendell Addington, Exec. Secretary

Dr. Harris and son Paul were active with first bylaws. Dr. Harris lived at Lafayette Park Cooperative, Detroit, Michigan; and Paul lived in University Townhouses, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The Hon. Percival Piper was Assistant Secretary of State, Michigan, and lived at Lafayette Park Cooperative, Detroit, Michigan.

Cooperator's Questions

Why can’t we see our check book?
Why can’t we see our waiting lists?
Why are purchases made and paid for without the board’s consent?
Why are we treated like “rentals?”
All we do is “rubber stamp.”
What do we do about verbal complaints from members?
Why is “equity” just a paper word?

MAHC Comes to aid of Cooperatives.

The Michigan Association of Housing Cooperatives trained boards of directors and members how to thwart all of these questions and cooperators learned where the power lies.

Monthly meetings of the Board of Directors and quarterly training sessions for housing cooperators, managers, ,and others whose concerns were housing cooperative services, helped to quell all the disillusions and disappointments of cooperative housing operations. –

Original Members

Woodward Heights
Lafayette Plaza
University Townhouses
Williamsburg Townhouses
Pontiac Townhouses
Colonial Townhouses
Cooperative Services
Royal Oak Townhouse

Early Memories

A strong quarterly newsletter.
Dues paid accurately and promptly. ‘
NARC dues paid properly.
Quarterly training.
Cooperators working together –PEOPLE.
Education and growth.
Impact on NARC.

MAHC the early years

In early 1964, the Foundation for Cooperative Housing, FCH, became involved in the Michigan Association of Housing Cooperatives. The Michigan Association had little difficulty securing and maintaining a membership since FCH would build Association dues directly into new cooperative’s initial budgets.

The first few years were dominated by FCH involvement; in 1971 the situation was changed through the efforts of various co-op boards. An active campaign resulted in the majority of the board becoming housing cooperators.

MAHC Changes its name

In 1973, the Association broadened its scope and changed its name to the Midwest Association of Housing Cooperatives when Eden Green Cooperative from Chicago, Illinois joined the organization.

The Board of Directors of the Midwest Association of Housing cooperators was made up of 15 housing cooperators or 12 housing cooperatives with 3 professional or individual positions.

MAHC as a leader in education and resource center

MAHC as a leader in education and resource center

In April 1974, MAHC leaders’ went to Washington, D.C. to take part in the National Conference On Cooperative Housing, which was developed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the National Association of Housing-Cooperatives (NAHC), and the Organization for Applied Science in Society (OASIS). The meeting encouraged all programs in cooperative housing to present a slate of current problems for possible problem solving and solution.

The Ford Foundation which had provided a grant to reimburse conference participants for their expenses, ask MAHC and OASIS to develop a proposal based on the conference resolutions. This led to three years of Ford Foundation funding for the development of MAHC as an education and resource center for housing cooperatives.

With the assistance of the Ford Foundation, HUD supplemented the first-year funding on a contract basis. To accomplish the work called for in the contract, MARC established task forces: handbook, discount purchasing, training, and management evaluation. The groups met regularly and completed the projects contracted for on schedule.

From this year of work developed:
First draft of the handbook.
A report on items and services which could be used in a centralized purchasing system.
A course in financial management for cooperatives.
A course in evaluating the management of a cooperative. 
A course on understanding management contracts.

In 1974, the MAHC Board President, Mr. Herman Curtis , was invited to address the membership of the Mo-Kan Association of Housing Cooperatives which is now known as the Great Plains Association.

In 1975, the Association had held mini-seminars in Ohio and Indiana for purposes of assisting those housing cooperatives with their problems.

MAHC has published a quarterly Newsletter since 1971.

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