Hear the stories of HDFC Co-op shareholders

Cooperative Histories

Cooperative Histories is a series of oral history interviews with HDFC co-op residents conducted over the past year. Selected audio clips are presented here from the dozens of hours of interviews conducted by UHAB staff and volunteers. This oral history exhibit builds on our previous archival work to tell the story of a little known but hugely influential movement, spanning four boroughs and thousands of homes from the 1970s to today.

Cooperative Histories was created to preserve the voices and memories of HDFC residents so that they may be passed down to future generations of building residents, as well as educate the public on the value of this affordable housing model. While UHAB has sporadically collected oral histories over the years, this project represents the first cohesive effort to collect and permanently archive these stories. Audio recordings of these interviews will be entered into the Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives to ensure their permanent accessibility to all.

This project was designed and spearheaded by Reb Ngu.

The following volunteers were essential to this project:

Catherine Luchars
Casey Dooley
Hannah Gokaslan
Maggie Schreiner
Uku Addison

We extend our gratitude to all the HDFC co-op residents who were generous with their time and stories:

David Calvert
Diane D. Orr
Earline King
Estelle Bajou
Flora Huang
Josephine Charles
Kayla Odom
Kianah Adams
Lillian Theresa Reid
LaTanya Phelps
Mica D’Orléans
Patricia (Pat) Greenidge
Stephanie Evans
Zoe So