MSU Student Housing Cooperative

The Michigan State University Student Housing Cooperative (MSU SHC) is a non-profit organization providing a low-cost housing option for students at MSU and surrounding schools. There are more than 200 members in 15 houses across the East Lansing area. Houses vary from five to 29 members, each with their own character and history. 

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The History of the SHC

-1939- Hedrick Co-op is established at 415 Albert
-1939- Elsworth Co-op is established at 218 Albert
-1941- Hedrick members purchase the house at 903 East Grand River
-1944- Bower purchased in the summer at 708 E. Michigan State University
-1946- Motts Co-op established; Ulrey men's co-op established
-1947- Bower co-op established
-1948- Howland co-op established; All Nations co-op established; Hedrick repopulated at 903 East Grand River
-1949- Beal Street co-op established
-1950- All Nations co-op closes; Elsworth sells 218 Albert, the members build 711 W. Grand River
-1954- Hedrick co-op on 903 E. Grand River burns down
-1956- Hedrick co-op rededication at 140 Haslett (now Collingwood) by MSU President Hannah
-1963- Howland co-op buys 548 M.A.C.
-1964- Hedrick co-op purchases 146 Haslett (later to be Farency co-op)
-1969- SHC forms as a federation of Bower, Elsworth and Hedrick; Ulrey Men's co-op closes, starts up Ulrey Trust Fund; Ulrey Women's co-op starts up at 437 and 445 Abbott
-1970- Eleutheria co-op established (rental property); Evergreen co-op established
-1971- SHC becomes a collective land trust; Motts house closes, members move to 420 Evergreen (aka Raft Hill)
-1972- The Raft is renamed Knight House co-op; Eleutheria destroyed by fire; Ulrey Women's co-op established at 505 M.A.C.; Eleutheria and Ulrey repopulate Nexus; Nexus established at 437/445 Abbott; Evergreen co-op sold to local apartment building owner's, Phunn: Bogue Street co-op rented at 207 Bogue.
-1973- Haslett Street becomes Collingwood; 501 M.A.C. purchased (potentially new housing for Nexus or New Comm)
-1974- Tralfamador co-op established at 501 M.A.C.
-1975- Knight House renamed Major Raoul Lufberry; Phunn House purchased at 207 Bogue
-1976- 445 Abbott sold to a sorority; 152 Collingwood purchased as a part of Hedrick; Nexus closes at 437 Abbott; Phoenix established at 437 Abbott
-1978- New Community: 415/425 Ann Street is purchased
-1979- Phoenix closes at 437 Abbott
-1980- Major Raoul Lufberry closes; SHC obtains a $1 million HUD loan for: Woodside (910 Abbott, a co-op for a year), New Community rehabilitation, Key Largo established at 146 Collingwood, and Atlantis
-1982- Atlantis repopulated at 207 Bogue; Ulrey repopulated at 505 M.A.C.
-1985- Elsworth co-op closes, rented to Asher Christian Scientists; Ulrey renamed Zolton after Zolton Ferency at 505 M.A.C.
-1986- 146/152 Collingwood break away, renamed Key Largo
-1987- Elsworth at 711 W. Grand River rented to Sigma Alpha Mu (SAMmies); 146/152 Collingwood split; 152 Collingwood rented Asher Christian Scientists; 146 Collingwood becomes Key Largo
-1988- 501 M.A.C turned into a graduate co-op
-1989- 501 M.A.C. reopened to general membership
-1991- Miles Davis co-op established 152 Collingwood
-1992- SAMmies expelled and repopulated as Elsworth at 711 W. Grand River
-1993- Zolton closes at 505 M.A.C.
-1994- Phoenix established at 239 Oakhill; 415 Ann repopulated as a co-op (Toad Lane); Key Largo renamed Ferency after Zolton Ferency
-1995- Audre Lorde renamed Niko co-op
-1996- Orion changes its name to NASA; Elsworth closes from Summer until the Fall
-1997- NASA renamed Orion
-1998- Bower repopulated by Atlantis, Elsworth, Hedrick, Miles, and Orion; Alliance between SHC and Circle Pines formed; SHC grants Sigma Pi exclusive rights to Phoenix co-op
-2000- Phoenix repopulated by SHC, Sigma Pi moves to Niko
-2001- Niko (Sigma Pi) renamed Shadowood
-2002- Sigma Pi leaves Shadowood and leaves the SHC; Shadowood repopulated and renamed Mosier
-2009- SHC acquires the independent co-op Beal House
-2012- Major renevations are made to 415 M.A.C., reopens in the fall as Howland Co-op
-2013- Fire causes damage to Phoenix Co-op;
-2014- ...