For information related to COVID-19, please refer to this Resource Guide for Limited Equity Cooperatives, developed by Housing Counseling Services and Mi Casa, Inc.

About Housing Cooperative Preservation Initiative (HCPI)

HCPI is a joint project between NLSP and University Legal Services that seeks to provide legal services and asset-management support to limited-equity housing cooperatives (“LECs”) and other cooperatives serving low-income residents. 

LECs are nonprofit, resident-owned and controlled housing organizations that aim to sustain long-term affordability and enable homeownership opportunities for residents who might not otherwise qualify for individual home mortgages. 

Though we occasionally offer one-time services and brief advice to eligible co-ops, HCPI generally seeks to build long-term relationships with co-ops in a limited general counsel-style role. We work closely with co-op boards of directors to advise on ongoing and new issues. Some of the services HCPI offer include:

NLSP does not handle co-op conversion matters at this time. 

If you are a co-op member interested in learning more about our services, please reach out to our team at hcpi@nlsp.org or (202) 269-5106. 

Pro Bono Opportunities

NLSP relies on the specialized expertise of experienced volunteer attorneys from a number of fields. Volunteer opportunities of all levels of commitment are available, from providing brief advice to in-house staff attorneys, to contract review, to full-scale litigation. 
 
Highlighted Opportunities:
  • Insurance Coverage Review: Our clients regularly face floods, theft, frivolous lawsuits and other typical risks of running a multifamily housing association. Having proper insurance coverage can protect our clients against devastating circumstances that could otherwise jeopardize the existence of the co-op. This is an excellent ongoing volunteer opportunity for attorneys who have expertise on insurance coverage and recovery. We can match you with a one-time coverage audit, to review a co-op’s existing policies, risks & any insurance obligations and then make recommendations to improve coverage. Or any of a number of other risk management projects.
  • Real Estate Expertise: Our clients are very frequently in need of a wide variety of real estate document drafting or review. For attorney volunteers with experience in real estate, trusts and estates, contract review or other transactional matters, we can match you with one of our highly-varied client-specific matters or a project helpful to all our clients—via advice to in-house staff attorneys or drafting or adapting a form contract or guide for our clients’ needs.
 
Questions about volunteering and partnership can be directed to hcpi@nlsp.org.
 
To volunteer, please see our Pro Bono Opportunities page or contact hcpi@nlsp.org.
 
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