Nickel City Housing Cooperative 10 Year Anniversary
by jill - posted 12:09 pm, June 9, 2011
For the last decade, Nickel City Housing Cooperative (Nickel City Co-op) has been building on its mission to create a sustainable model of affordable and community-oriented housing in Buffalo. Founded by University of Buffalo graduates as a way to retain creative, community oriented young people, the project began with the purchase and renovation of the Granger Mansion on North Street. Since then Nickel City Co-op has grown and now operates two resident-owned and managed houses that have attracted hundreds of creative and innovative individuals. These residents have left their mark on a project that continues to grow and provide unique opportunities for its residents and Buffalo.
Celebrate the Nickel City Housing Cooperative 10 Year Anniversary Saturday (June 11) from 7:30-9:30pm at 208 North Street.
The special program will include appearances by many of the Nickel City founders and alumni including Emily Ng (who now works for the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board in New York City), Kevin O’Sullivan (who now works for the Park Slope Food Coop in Brooklyn), and Terra Dumas (a local small business owner); as well as current Nickel City Co-op members including Victoria Kuper (Buffalo Barn Raisers) and Mike Anuszkiewicz. The keynote speaker will be James R. Jones, former Executive Director of North American Students of Cooperation and 2009 inductee into the Cooperative Hall of Fame. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be local activist and community leader Sarah Bishop of Buffalo First.
Nickel City Housing Cooperative was founded in 2001 to create an affordable housing model where individuals voluntarily unite to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise. As members of North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO) the members of Nickel City Co-op houses have support and assistance from an international network of housing co-ops.
Nickel City runs two co-op houses:
208 North Street
Buffalo, NY 14201
126 Fargo Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14201
To learn more about Nickel City Housing Coop, visit http://nickelcitycoop.org.