CDI is hiring! We’re looking for a Housing Program Organizer, based in Eastern Massachusetts. This is a part-time position, 20 – 30 hours a week, at $18-22 an hour plus benefits. Apply now (position will remain open until filled), and help us make amazing work like this happen:

More than 10,000 homes made secure and affordable through the resident ownership movement

Wardtown Mobile Home Cooperative

In May, CDI and the entire ROC USA network passed the incredible milestone of transforming 10,000 homes into a network of resident-owned communities across 14 states. CDI has been a ROC USA Certified Technical Assistance Provider since 2009. Our mission of building a cooperative economy in the Northeast has been greatly advanced since joining the ROC USA Network. We have helped roughly 20 communities achieve resident ownership while also working with several previously established co-ops. In total, we have aided more than 2,000 homeowners in our five-state region! Read more about this achievement and where the movement is going, here.

Changing Faces: Thank You Kathleen; Hello David

Of course, none of this phenomenal work would have been possible if it weren’t for the phenomenal people that make up our team. One of those valuable staffers has recently had to leave; but fortunately, we gained another wonderful staff member in return. After 11 years, Kathleen Fekete Bauerlein, our dedicated Office Manager and former staff representative to the Board of Directors, decided to retire. But before she did, she put great work into training the newest CDI Office Manager, David Gowler. Read our Executive Director’s moving tribute to Kathleen and warm welcome to David, here.

Maine’s Co-op Scene is on the Rise: Wardtown Mobile Home Cooperative Becomes 6th Resident-Owned Community in the State

According to Andy Danforth, CDI’s New England Resident-Owned Communities program director, “For nine long months, the residents of this community [Wardtown] worked towards resident ownership, and it is so great to see them finally in control of their community. We are proud to assist in the process and in operating their community going forward. Wardtown Mobile Home Cooperative is now among over 170 proud ROC USA cooperatives throughout the country.” Read more about our work with the community and the residents’ achievements, here.

The Co-op Movement is Full of Wisdom: Guest Co-op Cathy Posts

Co-op Cathy has been getting all sorts of wonderful questions submitted lately, and we’ve teamed up with the co-op world’s movers and shakers to get in-depth answers and analysis. Check them out below:

CDI on the Airwaves

CDI has been hitting the radio waves over the past couple of months! We’ve been discussing the cooperative movement, how residents and workers can take democratic control over their lives, and the importance of pushing for local and national government support for co-op development. Lucky for you, we live in the age of podcasts! So you can hear all the great co-op discussions with CDI staffers below.

Here’s Jessica, Rob, and Jonah’s discussion on how “2015 is truly a booming co-op year,” as well as how they are striving “to build a cooperative economy through the creation and development of successful cooperative enterprises and networks in diverse communities.”

Also, our Executive Director, Noemi Giszpenc joined Vernon Oakes on the “Everything Co-op” radio program to “discuss the role that cooperatives can play in the Arts, the role that African American Women have played in the cooperative movement, and CDI’s work to help start-up cooperatives, and support existing cooperative businesses.” A fascinating conversation!

CDI’s Address Change

Don’t forget to update your Roledexes! (If you still use one of those, that is.) CDI’s new address:

P.O. Box 1051

Northampton, MA 01061-1051


After all the amazing work you’ve just read about us accomplishing, wouldn’t you like to see us do even more? Well, with your help, we can. Visit our donate page to make a one time contribution. Or, if you’d like to become a regular supporter, please be in touch – we’d love to discuss this with you!

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