Katowice is a relatively young city, as it was granted the town charter in 1865 and until 1922 was part of Prussia. In the Inter-War period the city underwent a transformation from a provincial industrial town to the biggest economic centre in Poland, where, together with the influx of capital, new infrastructure facilities emerged. It did not suffer much from World War II, nevertheless, due to the ensuing political changes after the War, the city was faced with a great shortage of flats. In the postwar years it received 50417 repatriates. Accordingly, in 1957 Katowice Housing Cooperative was founded in response to the demand for flats and the politics of the authorities. KHC is the biggest cooperative in Katowice and its assets include 17 housing estates. The scope of the paper is the discussion of the strategies of KHC in response to global changes affecting the city of Katowice. The 1950s and 1960s were marked with a great demand for flats, migrations of labour and rapid reconstruction of the country of Poland and its industry after war damages. Monitoring the changes, KHC started its operation in several parts of the city. Flats for “working people” became a priority. It was then that some prewar urban development plans were carried out and new concepts concerning further development of the city implemented. As a leading housing cooperative, KHC exerted a big impact on the city centre. In the 1960s and 1970s the following tower-blocks were constructed: “The Super- Unit”, “Haperowiec”, and housing estates: “City Centre”, “Centre-I” and “the Star”, shaping a new image of Katowice. In 1979 the biggest number of flats emerged, nevertheless, in the following years the boom for housing slowly began to fall. In the 1980s heavy industry declined. On the one hand, ecology became a very important consideration and the city of Katowice started fighting air pollution, yet, on the other one, there was a 30 % unemployment among coal mine workers. The paper describes those conditions in terms of flat rent payments, flat maintenance and the provision of habitation for the inhabitants. The 1990s brought about the change of the economic and political system, the opening of borders, labour migrations outside of Poland, the free market economy, the emergence of a strong developers’ market, and, consequently, the shrinking of housing cooperative incentives. Since 1992 the number of the inhabitants of Katowice has been falling, which translated into serious challenges for KHC, especially in view of the diminishing role of housing cooperatives in Poland. Accordingly, the paper presents the strategies of KHC adopted to face the current problems. It should also be mentioned that at that time the city centre was degrading. Car traffic increased, leading to congestion problems, which also concerned the housing estates under KHC’s supervision, forcing the cooperation with the city authorities to solve the congestion problems, especially around the downtown tower blocks. Nowadays the city of Katowice is entering a new era. KHC is building fewer and fewer new homes. Its operation is focused on upgrading the quality of the existing housing resources and, thus, acting in compliance with the global trend aimed at the improvement of the living conditions and energy-efficiency solutions. In spite of the dominating developers’ market, KHC still tries to present an attractive offer. In 2007 new housing facilities were commissioned at “Zgrzebnioka” estate in compliance with modern architectural and urban planning standards. KHC also develops services. In 2009 new houses were erected. KHC exceeds other housing cooperatives and building societies with its renewed facades which are detectable in the landscape of the city of Katowice. Accordingly, it is worth to investigate the history of its operation to assess its strategy adopted in response to global challenges, especially new business opportunities and hard times coming for housing cooperatives in Poland.