CHF BC and CHF Canada members came together at the October Member Forum on Wednesday, October 10 to look at how co-ops are planning for the end of co-op operating agreements. They broke into groups to discuss their own experiences. Because two members at the Forum were from co-ops that are past the end of operating agreements, the other members gained from that perspective too.In brief, here are some key points that came out of the discussions:Universal concerns for the future include:lack of subsidyoverhousing/underhousinginternal move policiesBiggest realization is the need for:long term building maintenanceways to manage problems like internal conflictstarting planning early, before end of operating agreementSome big-wish ideas include:convincing government to allow co-ops to apply for rent subsidiesbuilding more one-bedroom units (finding a way to finance this) to help more members remain in co-op as they age.use scale (merging of co-op boards, for example) as a way to leverage power for smaller co-opsSuggestion for future discussions or workshops: convene a panel of co-ops already out of the operating agreements.CHF BC and CHF Canada provide opportunities for members to learn more about planning for the end of co-op operating agreements. Check CHF BC Learn More pages for upcoming education opportunities, portable workshops and 2020 Vision and 2020 Compass information.If your co-op needs help or wants more information about planning for the end of your operating agreement, please get in touch with Michael Rodgers, CHF BC’s Co-op Viability Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-879-5111 ext. 153.Come to our November Member Forum when we’ll discuss social media!