Paul Bradley has helped manufactured-home parks convert to resident-owned communities (ROCs) for more than two decades. Some of his favorite memories are of groups of residents who saw and made the most of their opportunity to become independent and self-sufficient.
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.
Three of New Hampshire’s resident-owned communities found a way to pass their opportunities down to the next generation of co-ops, while at the same time growing their reserve accounts.
Residents have successfully pushed for fairer treatment under state law of manufactured-homes and resident-owned communities, and for real mortgages for manufactured homes.
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.
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.
Nicole Johnson had rebuilt her life. She had kicked addiction, rented an apartment, and was rebuilding her relationship with her children. All that stood between her and the next step was a reliable car. The IDA matched-savings program helped her earn the car, and some peace of mind.
A few years ago, when an underground electrical line needed repair, Marge Andrews did what the operations manager of a manufactured-home community has to do. She grabbed a shovel, plus a handful of her neighbors, and dug four-foot-deep trenches. Of course, she was a lot younger then—75.
One moment in April, 2011 turned Sara Cloutier’s and Carlos Roman Gonzalez’s lives upside down.
The Winchester Learning Center's story is the story of child care in small-town America.A group of parents and community leaders decides to create quality, affordable child care locally. A church offers space. Walk-a-thons, bake sales and community appeals rally support and money.