Description & History

The Urban Homesteading Assistance Board was born in the midst of New York City’s economic crisis of the 1970s.

With landlords abandoning their buildings en masse, the city found itself with more than 11,000 buildings on hand and no idea what to do with them. UHAB became a voice for the residents living in those buildings – longtime New Yorkers who had no intention of leaving.

Turning buildings over to their residents to manage began as an experiment. But soon the city was convinced that this revolutionary approach could be sustained. The first year UHAB offered training, in Harlem, residents of 200 buildings learned how to cooperatively govern and operate their own multi-family dwellings.

We have only grown since then.

UHAB has now assisted in the preservation of more than 1,600 buildings (comprising 1,350 housing cooperatives), creating homeownership opportunities for residents of more than 30,000 apartments.  

Over the years, we have developed a unique expertise in serving the needs of the city's limited-equity co-op community. Today, New York City has the largest number of affordable co-ops in the country.

About the organization

UHAB

Contact:
Clara Weinstein
Project Associate
2124793337
Organization’s website:
http://uhab.coop