First, you must decide which co-ops you wish to apply to because each co-op has its own application. You can view the Co-op Locator on this site to see what is available in the area in which you are interested and the size unit you need. The Co-op Locator will tell you how to get an application to that co-op. It will also tell you how to get on a waiting list for a subsidized unit.
Some co-ops hold regular information meetings where you will find out more about that co-op and can ask questions. You may be placed on a waiting list, if you wish, if no units are available at the time you apply.
The co-op will consider your application based on criteria that will always include: agreeing to take good care of your home, a willingness to live in a diverse community, and most important: demonstrated financial responsibility. The co-op will always check references and conduct a credit check as part of your application.
After you have completed an application, you may be invited to an interview where you will be asked some questions. You will also have explained to you your rights and responsibilities of living in your co-op.