Equity and Affordability with Housing Cooperatives

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Many communities are in need of new opportunities for affordable and equitable housing options. Housing cooperatives are an important resource to meet housing needs, offering flexibility in the types and structure of housing cooperatives, financial benefits for co-op members, a sense of community, pride of ownership, and stability in the housing market. However, effective governance and ensuring adequate reserves for maintenance are typical challenges in cooperative housing.

This session will provide examples for small towns and rural areas, cities, as well as the popular model of senior housng cooperatives.

About the Speakers

Andrew Reicher
Andrew Reicher is Executive Director of the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board, where he started in 1978 and which he has led since 1981. Over his tenure, UHAB’s base of tenant-run and tenant-owned housing cooperatives has grown from several dozen to more than 1,500 in New York City and beyond. He is the 2003 recipient of the National Association of Housing Cooperatives’ highest honor, the “Jerry Voorhis Award.”

Kathleen McMahon
Kathleen McMahon has 30 years of community planning experience and has been consulting since 1994. Her consulting practice has focused on comprehensive planning, community development and land use planning. She has worked on Growth Policies in Montana and has also completed housing needs assessments, broadband plans, park plans and comprehensive economic development strategies. She is currently co-chair of the American Planning Association Smart City Task Force. She has written numerous articles on planning, economic development and rural broadband including a PAS report on broadband planning. Ms. McMahon has a Bachelors Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois and a Masters Degree in Educational Technology from George Washington University. She is a member of the Montana Association of Planners, the American Institute of Certified Planners, and Montana Economic Development Association.

Deborah Myerson
Deborah L. Myerson is an urban planner with twenty years of experience in housing, community development, land use and transportation policy, and urban revitalization. As executive director of South Central Indiana Housing Opportunities (SCIHO), she brings her background as a planner as well as experience in program/policy development and grant proposal writing. She is responsible for growing the new nonprofit’s organizational capacity and developing affordable housing. Previously, Ms. Myerson spent over a decade as an independent planning consultant. In her consulting practice, Ms. Myerson frequently authored case studies, reports, articles, and other publications on planning and real estate development topics. She has also presented regularly to professional audiences, particularly on initiatives to produce affordable and workforce housing. As an adjunct professor at the Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Ms. Myerson has taught courses on housing policy and urban planning that engage students in real-life issues via community-based service-learning with local agencies. Prior to establishing her own consulting firm, Ms. Myerson worked for the Urban Land Institute, a nonprofit research and education organization serving real estate developers based in Washington, DC. As a member of ULI’s land use policy group, Ms. Myerson managed research, education, outreach and advisory services projects in land use policy and real estate, including housing policy, smart growth, environmental policy, and urban development. Previously, Ms. Myerson was director of programs at Scenic America, a national nonprofit conservation organization headquartered in Washington, DC. At Scenic America, Ms. Myerson directed national programs and authored publications on scenic byways, context-sensitive highway design, and other program initiatives aimed at improving visual quality in land use and transportation. Ms. Myerson is chair of the American Planning Association’s Private Practice Division and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. She is also a member of APA’s Housing and Community Development Division. She earned a Master of Regional Planning degree from Cornell University and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dennis Johnson
Dennis A. Johnson is Partner and President of Cooperative Housing Resources, LLC, a lender and consultant specializing in the development and finance of senior housing cooperatives. He is an experienced executive with strong skills in finance, credit, and business development. Through domestic and international experience he has outstanding business acumen and leadership abilities. As a highly successful executive with the Farm Credit System, he held a variety of positions from credit analyst to President and CEO of the St. Paul Bank for Cooperatives. He received a Bachelor of Agricultural Business Administration from the University of Minnesota in 1971 and a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Economics in 1973. He received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the University of Minnesota’s Department of Applied Economics and the Cooperative Leadership Award from the Minnesota Association of Cooperatives. In May 2016, he was inducted into the Cooperative Hall of Fame in Washington, D.C. Dennis is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Western NIS Enterprise Fund and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Senior Cooperative Foundation. He has previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of Cooperative Development Services, Farm Credit Leasing Services Corporation, Homestead Housing Center, Federal Farm Credit Banks Funding Corporation, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, and Cooperative Development Foundation. Mr. Johnson is a member of the American Agricultural Economics Association and also has been active in Boy Scouts of America.