National Co-op Research: 6th Principle Coalition

National Co-op Research

During 2015-2016, with the support of the Ford Foundation, UHAB conducted a national census and survey of the limited-equity cooperative housing community. This research not only aimed to identify all the affordable co-ops in the country, but also the organizations and institutions that work to develop, manage and sustain housing co-ops.

From our census, we found over 3,000 housing co-ops that were produced by a variety of federal, state and local government programs, through sweat-equity homesteading, and by non-profit and for-profit developers, representing approximately 300,000 units of housing. Of those co-ops we know that a little over half, numbering 166,000 units, remain limited-equity and thus affordable to future generations. An unknown number of co-ops, estimated around 35,000 units, remain very affordable despite the expiration of their limited-equity restrictions.

Our interactive map displays all those limited-equity co-ops in the USA as well as the formerly limited-equity co-ops that likely remain affordable. The map also includes over 1,000 zero-equity co-ops in Canada totaling over 67,000 units of affordable homeownership to the north.

In addition to reports and an interactive map, the results of the research led to the creation the 6th Principle Coalition, a UHAB-led group of practitioners and cooperators committed to support and grow the limited-equity co-op movement.

With additional support from the Cooperative Foundation, the 6th Principle Coalition launched its website, which is the current home of the interactive map of housing co-ops, co-op practitioners and co-op service vendors.

Co-op Community Map

The information from the census is represented on our working map of the national co-op community. This map includes shared-equity housing co-ops and the organizations that work to support and develop co-ops. Shared-equity includes limited-equity co-ops, zero-equity co-ops and other co-op models that emphasize affordability.

Ultimately this map is meant to be a tool for co-op members and practitioners, as well as a research tool for this project. The map is a work in progress and may contain incorrect information. If you would like to add information to the map, or have corrections to information already on the map, please contact Alex Roesch, the Project Associate for this research:

For more background information, see the last update (2016) and initial report from December 2015.


Participate in our survey of the Co-op Housing Community

Do you live in a co-op or work for a related organization? In order to learn more about the co-op housing community, we designed two surveys: one for co-ops and another for the organizations that work to support and develop co-ops. Whether you live in a co-op, work for a co-op related organization or both, please take the time to fill out the appropriate survey, your thoughtful responses are invaluable.

Housing Co-op Survey

Housing Co-op Organization Survey