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.
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.
The matched savings from her Individual Development Account set Mary Callahan on a path to a college degree, a promotion, and a home for herself and her young daughter.
What Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Philadelphia are to the birth of the United States, Bob Sirles, Rebecca Storey and the Meredith Center Cooperative are to New Hampshire’s resident-owned cooperatives. They struck the spark. They lit the fire.
A life-threatening disease made Lois Parris dig deep for strength she didn't know she had. A community-threatening event turned her into a leader. Today, she's "a relentless worker and advocate for the cause” of resident-owned communities.
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.
Gary and Dawn Thulin's 43-year-old manufactured home was cramped, dingy and drafty. The ceiling and walls were filled with mold. The seams of the ply board were pulling apart. There was no insulation. With no credit, they felt stuck: "Who's going to give us a loan?" they wondered. The Community Loan Fund did.
Carole Soule and Bruce Dawson, a pair of high-tech professionals turned farmers, aren’t content with working “outside the box.” They want to change the box. When they planned to add a retail store onto the side of their 150-year-old barn at Miles Smith Farm, their thoughts turned to solar power.
"We wanted to work with people who understood and respected the culture, who would provide guidance and who really were interested in understanding our business,” said Blake's President, Chris Licata.