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A Success Story — And a Continuing Challenge

A Success Story — And a Continuing Challenge The Planet Money podcast recently featured the success story of how the Brookside Residents Association in Plainville, Massachusetts purchased their community. It also highlighted a national policy issue, one that … More »

Year 13 didn’t prove lucky, but it did prove our resolve

 Today is ROC USA’s 13th anniversary! Unlucky 13, right? Well, on the surface, the lack of luck spanned the world. But, this year of unprecedented challenges brought out the best in ROCs, ROC leaders, the dedicated TA … More »

Photo of Paul Bradley with pull quote. Quote reads: It’s so moving to see communities coming together in support of one another during a time of need. I applaud my New Hampshire neighbors for their generosity, their compassion, and their commitment to this idea of a network of Resident Owned Communities! Be well our Texas neighbors, and thank you Heron Point Estates and Exeter-Hampton Member-owners for your outstanding leadership and compassion.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors – From 2,000 Miles Away

I got a quizzical look from a Director at a recent Board meeting when I observed that resident ownership bridges diverse communities in a special way.  As evidence, I cited the interaction I witness between white, Black and … More »

Stop, Drop and Roll

Some coping advice from one ROC leader to another The pandemic arrived early in 2020, lingered over the summer, and now we’re back in the thick of it. I don’t know about you, but I thought we would … More »

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In hard times, we found inspiring neighbors

While these past 10 months have tested everyone, we have all been tested differently and to vastly varying degrees. My heart aches about the suffering that so many people are experiencing, and I know we still have a … More »

photo of Paul Bradley in a manufactured home community

One Country, Many Communities

Last year, the Pew Research Center reported that most Americans are feeling that the political discourse has become less respectful, less fact-based and less substantive. The ongoing presidential election brings these feelings front and center and, as it … More »

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Fellow ROC Leaders: Thanks for your help!

On Jan. 1, 2020, I started my first three-year term as the Central Region Director of the ROC Association. Quickly, COVID-19 changed the format of how we meet, providing an early challenge and an educational opportunity. Despite the … More »

Credit Human offers 95% financing on post-1976 homes

Credit Human, a federal credit union, has expanded programs and continues lowering rates, as recently as last week. The credit union, a regular vendor at ROC Leadership Institute, offers a 5-percent-down option for single- and multi-section homes built … More »

A group of cooperative leaders, including Howard Brodsky, holding up signs that say #cooperatives

Truly inspiring leadership from our friend Howard Brodsky

Howard Brodsky, the recent recipient of Business New Hampshire’s Business Person of the Decade Award, said, “It should be about we and not me.” I could not be happier that this outstanding cooperative leader is considered the best in … More »

Photo of the sign at Medvil - text reads: "Medvil Cooperative, Donald Drive Entrance - a resident owned community"

‘Business as Usual’ – Even during a Pandemic

By Kim Capen, New England Region Director  In a community as socially active as our Medvil Cooperative, Covid-19 has changed our way of interacting. Our club houses are closed to groups larger than 10 people and the mail … More »