Cooperative Home Care Associates (CHCA), New York City
Cooperative Home Care Associates (CHCA) is a worker-owned homecare (elderly care) agency in New York City. CHCA is the largest worker cooperative in the United States, employing 2,200 inner-city homecare workers in the South Bronx and generating an annual income of over US$ 40m. Originally established in 1985 with the support of the New York Community Service Society, CHCA is now owned by 1,700 low-income women, from immigrant, African American and Latin American backgrounds. By improving homecare jobs, CHCA transforms the challenges faced by unemployed women into sustainable opportunities for economic independence.