Cooper Square MHA is committed to the preservation and development of tenant-controlled and cooperatively owned affordable housing.In addition to serving as a nonprofit affordable housing manager, developer, and owner, Cooper Square MHA works in coalition with other groups to promote the preservation and development of affordable housing throughout the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
Cooper Square MHA was founded in August 1991 by Cooper Square Committee, a nonprofit organization that has been organizing tenants in the neighborhood for over 40 years. The MHA was created as a result of a Memorandum of Understanding signed with the City in 1990, which lays out a comprehensive plan for redeveloping the Cooper Square Urban Renewal area.
Housing – The MHA currently manages 377 residential apartments and 24 storefronts in 23 buildings. The MHA is now in the process of converting 21 rehabilitated buildings into a single co-op.
Human Services – The MHA assists tenants in applying for rent subsidies, securing public assistances, SSI, loans and other services.
Organizing – The MHA provides extensive assistance organizing tenants and preparing them for cooperative ownership of their homes. They do this through building and community wide meetings and hands on workshops that teach tenants how to do simple repairs and maintenance.