To provide quality housing and a strong community for people of
moderate income. To operate and live in accordance with the
cooperative ideals, including democratic governance, shared
responsibility, constant education, and mutual respect.
is the oldest limited equity housing cooperative in the United
States. Sponsored by the Amalgamated Clothing Workers Union under
the leadership of Sidney Hillman. It is the first co-op created by
Founding President and Manager Abraham E. Kazan, known as "The
father of cooperative housing in the United States."
first 303 "Pioneer Cooperators" began moving in on
November 1, 1927. Amalgamated is now home to 1482 families in eleven
buildings. The oldest building, Building 6, is one of the original
buildings. The "newest" buildings are two Towers which
were completed in 1968 and 1970, and replaced the original First
has always provided community as well as housing. There has been an
Education Department almost from inception. It is responsible for
co-op education and community activities. Community News has been
published regularly since 1929. There are activities for cooperators
of all ages, from Playgroup and Nursery for toddlers through a NORC
Program for seniors (NORC- Naturally Occurring Retirement
has been the example and inspiration for the moderate income
cooperative housing which has followed. The United Housing
Foundation, which built tens of thousands of homes for families of
moderate income, was created by leaders from the Amalgamated. The
cooperative communities created by UHF drew on the experience of the
Cooperative Apartment House is a significant development in this
comparatively new sphere. It signifies the economic soundness of
the cooperative conception as well as the assured success of both
these housing undertakings which were inspired by the splendid
ideal of mutual good and reciprocal benefit."
Franklin Delano Roosevelt in a letter to Herman Liebman, 1930
2002-2011 Amalgamated Housing Corp.