Larry and Brenda Woods' old manufactured home was falling down around them--literally. A Welcome Home Loan put them in a brand-new energy-efficient home where the weather stays outside and heat stays inside.
While the price of housing in its area climbed, Mascoma Meadows Cooperative hadn't increased its rent for five years. Saving, prioritizing, helping their neighbors, and keeping the community full have served the residents well.
The name of the mobile home park in the shadow of the White Mountains was Scenic View, but the view within the park was anything but. That was before a residents cooperative bought it and turned things around. Now it's a place where people want to live.
In 2003, Pine River Mobile Home Park in Ossipee was ordered closed by the state and put up for sale. Its 35 families had nowhere to go. Flexible loans from the NH Community Loan Fund, and a boost from the town police chief, helped them save their homes and start rebuilding their community
New Hampshire celebrated its 100th resident-owned manufactured-home community in 2012. We asked residents to predict what the next 100 might bring. Their answers: a national network, buying and political power, conventional mortgage loans, and preferred vendor lists.
Members of New Hampshire’s manufactured-housing cooperatives lead a national movement. The ripples that begin with ideas and solutions created in resident-owned communities (ROCs) here are spread across the country by ROC USA.
Denise Stone and her family downsized, then re-created an old-time neighborhood feeling in her resident-owned community in Barrington, NH. They're not the only ones. Resident-owned communities have become a way to recreate neighborhood camaraderie.