With the CodeNEXT drafting process in full swing, the ACBA needs as many dedicated volunteers as it can get to help us fight for the future of Austin co-ops. Our efforts over the next year will affect cooperative development in Austin for decades to come - there's never been a more vital or important time to get involved with co-op advocacy. One of the great things about being a co-oper is that we already know that when we come together, we can accomplish so much more than we ever could on our own. With that in mind, we're inviting the dedicated movers and shakers of the co-opsphere to join our Co-opNEXT Organizing Team!
With Austin in an affordability crisis, our future development has been limited to some of the most expensive parts of the city. Under the current draft map, it's going to take a lot more money than it did before to start a new co-op house. While cooperative housing tends to be the most affordable in its neighborhood, new co-ops will be limited to some of the least affordable parcels of land in the city, where we’ll be competing with profit-driven (and very wealthy) developers. So much for “affordable housing.”