The National Association of Housing Cooperatives (NAHC) was incorporated in 1960 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that represents housing cooperatives and housing associations across the United States. NAHC represents professionals, organizations and individuals interested in promoting the interests of cooperative housing communities. NAHC and its affiliates work on behalf of the 1.5 million families living in cooperative housing in the United States.
- To promote through research, education, forums, and other appropriate means, the development of housing cooperatives.
- To establish standards for operation of housing cooperatives that will assure maximum long-term benefits to their owner-occupants and sustain their cooperatives.
- To develop programs and services to benefit, strengthen and improve its member organizations.
- To promote the development of other self-help activities among members of housing cooperatives.
NAHC provides expanded services to its members. Many of these services are available only to members. On other services, members receive a substantial discount.
Our government relations program represents housing cooperatives on issues of mutual concern before Congress and federal agencies. NAHC has scored several victories in the past such as the American Homeownership and Economic Opportunity Act, and the Bankruptcy Reform Bill. We will continue to monitor issues and keep our members up-to-date on the latest legislation, regulations, and issues that involve housing cooperatives.
Networking with Industry Professionals
NAHC provides access to a network of housing cooperatives, cooperative housing associations, and professionals through its website, email communications and networking at the annual conference. A full list of NAHC Professional Members is available on the website.
Latest Cooperative Information
The Cooperative Housing Bulletin (CHB) our quarterly newsletter contains timely articles and news items. Past issues of our Cooperative Housing Journal with articles of lasting value are available in the Members Only section in a searchable format. Publications on various aspects of housing cooperative operations and development are also available.
We offer technical assistance by telephone, email, and other means to members on the development and operation of housing cooperatives. In-depth consulting services can be arranged for a fee.
Free Pharmacy discount cards and The Cooperative Healthy Savings Program
The Cooperative Healthy Savings (CHS) Program is for families living in NAHC member cooperatives. The Cooperative Healthy Savings Program provides pharmacy discounts that make getting prescriptions simple and more affordable. This is a prescription discount plan, not insurance.
Education and Certification
The NAHC Annual Conference is our premier educational event. Held every Fall, the three-day conference offers both beginning and advanced workshops on a wide range of topics. NAHC co-sponsors a Registered Cooperative Manager (RCM) certification training program at each Annual Conference. NAHC offers a customized training workshop, “Risks, Roles & Rewards” on a fee basis to Boards of Directors of cooperatives. This program is designed to meet the specific needs of each individual cooperative and is facilitated by highly skilled trainers.
NAHC is always looking for unique ways to provide discounts for our members. For example, through our arrangement with GE/Hotpoint, NAHC members are eligible to receive discounts on major appliances. Contact Pam Sipes at GE at 1-800-782-8031.
Register your Cooperative with a unique domain name
One member.one.vote.one domain. NAHC’s members can benefit from Dotcoop since it is available only to cooperative and credit union members. It gives your cooperative a better chance of registering all the memorable, meaningful names you wanted, but couldn’t get under other domains. For more information click the dotcoop logo.
Annual Membership Dues
NAHC dues are based on membership categories. Cooperatives and professionals can join directly or through a regional member association. To join directly, just fill out the membership application and send it along with your dues payment. Annual direct membership dues are calculated on a fiscal calendar year.
Joining Through a Member Association
Housing cooperatives and professionals are strongly encouraged to join NAHC through a member association. Many associations also accept mutual housing associations, condos, and other forms or resident-controlled housing. The dues amount for housing co-ops that join through a member association depends on the size of the member association. Member associations collect dues for their own association and for NAHC. Benefits of joining through a member association are: additional information and training, and the opportunity to be involved at a regional level. To join through a member association, please contact the association. A listing of member associations is provided below.
NAHC’s mission is to support and educate existing and new cooperative housing communities as the best and most economical form of home ownership.
NAHC is supported and governed by its members. Its membership is represented through a national board of directors, which guides the policy of the organization. At the annual business meeting, major issues are brought before the entire membership for a supporting vote, if needed. NAHC functions as a cooperative with basic policies being set by the Board of Directors. Fifteen board members are elected by the membership and additional members are appointed by eligible member associations at a meeting of members held in conjunction with the annual conference. The elected board appoints officers and an executive committee which acts in between quarterly board meetings.
Appointed committees of members serve as functional bodies both carrying out tasks and making recommendations to the board and/or executive committee.
NAHC dues are based on membership categories. Cooperatives, professionals and individuals can join directly or through a member association. To join NAHC directly, just fill out the membership application and send it along with your annual dues payment.
- Associations of housing cooperatives organized around a special-interest and/or a geographic region Individual housing cooperatives (includes other resident-owned housing)
- Organizations and professionals that provide services to housing cooperatives, such as attorneys, property management firms, nonprofit organizations, financial organizations, accountants, government agencies and consultants
- Groups and individuals that develop housing cooperatives
- Registered Cooperative Managers
- Other individuals and organizations interested in housing cooperatives
A member association is an association that represents housing cooperatives in a member area. Many associations also accept mutual housing associations, condos and other forms of resident-controlled housing. The dues amount for housing cooperatives that join through a member association depends on the size of the member association. Member associations collect combined dues for their own association and for NAHC. Benefits of joining through a member association are lower NAHC membership dues, additional information and training, and the opportunity to be involved at a local or regional level. To learn more about joining through a member association, benefits or membership dues, click here to contact the member association directly at the location nearest you.
NAHC’s mission is to support
and educate existing and
new cooperative housing
communities as the best and most economical form of homeownership.
Sign-up for NAHC Emails
Stay up to date on the latest news and developments in cooperative housing.