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Our Mission

MCC strives to improve the Madison community by providing low-cost, not-for-profit cooperative housing for very low- to moderate income people and to be inclusive of underrepresented and marginalized groups.

MCC works toward its mission by:

Educating its members about cooperative principles and the management of cooperative housing,

Providing resources, services, and administrative support to its members and member houses,

Developing cooperative housing and services,

Assisting very low- to moderate-income students afford higher education by providing low-cost housing convenient to Madison campuses,

Striving to be inclusive of underrepresented and marginalized members of the community, including people of color, lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgendered people, people with disabilities, parents raising children, and international people,

Striving to be environmentally responsible, and

Maintaining a community of cooperative by affiliating with other cooperatives, non-profit community groups, schools, neighborhood associations, and collectives for the exchange of information.


In 1968, eight representatives of cooperatives in Madison came back from a co-op conference in Washington, D.C., and decided to combine their strength to form an umbrella organization that would provide stability and better services to their members. That federation became Madison Community Cooperative, which has gone through many changes in membership and direction over the past five decades.