GdW, the Federal Union of German Housing and Real Estate Associations is the umbrella organization of the relevant sectors in Germany with its headquarters in Berlin. It represents nearly 30 percent of all rental flats in Germany, about 1,2 million of which are social housing. 2,2 million flats are managed by housing cooperatives.
Its activities include the construction and administration of rental dwellings and of free hold flats, renovation of dwellings and urban renewal.
Partners include municipalities, social organizations and others.