Three Mobile Home Communities Become Resident Owned

Over 200 Homes Preserved During Housing Crisis July 6, 2021 – In June three manufactured housing communities in Central Washington were added to the ROC Northwest portfolio of Resident Owned Communities (ROC), preserving over 200 affordable homes. Bringing the grand total to 20 ROCs in Washington. A ROC is a housing cooperative business comprised of […]

A Number of PNW Co-ops Seek Support

We have updated our page of co-ops in our region seeking support. If you can make a donation, please do. If you are not able to at this time, please share their support pages.

PSE Announces Covid-19 Response

PSE COVID-19 Response As a provider of an essential service, we are working to ensure we are here for our customers, our community and our employees as coronavirus impacts the region. We know some of our business and residential customers might be worried about paying their bills. Here are measurable actions we’ve taken on behalf […]

ZeroDark Co-op Launches: The People Have the Power

“Who’s Watching Me?” Though increasingly feared as an unsafe place to tread, everyone agrees, the Internet is a necessary evil for life in the digital age. The data you create in mobile apps is mined, analyzed, and ultimately sold to tech giants who continually exploit consumers through monetization tactics. It’s an infringement of privacy. A […]

WAshington’s 16th Resident Owned Community on the Way

Evergreen Estates Homeowners Cooperative voted to become a Resident Owned Co-op. This seniors community is located in Centralia Washington has 55 homes, mostly occupied by retirees. The group voted to move forward in researching the opportunity and will soon take assignment of the purchase and sale agreement with the current owner. If the purchase is successful, this will […]

Orca Books Seeks Members, Donations

Orca Books launched its push for new members and donations in its efforts to transition to a community-owned multistakeholder cooperative. In an email to volunteers, the steering committee stated, “our goal is now to raise $200,000 by the end of the year (we have raised about $30,000 as of the end of August). The remaining […]

Twisted Strait Fibers Co-op Opens Commercial Website

PNW Fiber Web Cooperative (dba Twisted Strait Fibers) has opened for business! The co-op launched its commercial website ( The site currently features four of the co-ops 70 members (two farms, a yarn store, and a fiber studio). Consumers can purchase fiber products from three of the members (Rain Shadow Farm, Thistlehill Farm, and Not […]

Working Systems Closes on Sale

The employees of Working Systems, Inc., after a year of preparation and planning, closed on the sale of the business. Now Working Systems Cooperative, the co-op has 13 members and 2 probationary members. They are the State of Washington’s first* “Union Co-op”. Union Co-ops are worker co-ops in which the workers also maintain a collective […]

Columbia Homeowners Cooperative Makes Regional News

Margaret Vockrodt of the Columbia Homeowners’ Cooperative and ROC NW’s Miles Nowlin recently made news about one of Washington’s newest resident-owned community. The Longview, WA cooperative was featured in the Columbian newspaper and then Oregon Public Radio picked up the story. This was the first project of ROC NW that utilized funding from the Washington […]

Welcome Capital Homecare Cooperative!

On March 2, 2018, the workers of Capital Homecare Cooperative became the third homecare cooperative to open its doors in the State of Washington, joining its sisters Peninsula Homecare Cooperative (Pt. Townsend, WA) and Circle of Life Homecare Cooperative (Bellingham, WA). CHC also became the 5th operational worker co-op in Olympia, WA. Olympia has one […]