ROC USA TA Providers' Blog

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Finding a ‘truth nugget’ can defuse arguments

We all want to communicate in a direct, clear way. That can become difficult when we’re feeling verbally bullied. Bullying can come in the form of aggressive questions at a meeting, when sitting around the table at a … More »

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Stigma, zoning are barriers to affordable homes

Manufactured (or mobile, as most people call them) homes represent the largest stock of unsubsidized affordable housing in the United States, with nearly 18 million Americans calling them home. Their modern amenities and affordable prices make them an … More »

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Energy efficiency can equal big savings for ROCs

At a recent ROC training event in Massachusetts, I had the opportunity to talk energy efficiency with an engineer from New Ecology and a group of ROC leaders. Specifically, we had a conversation about LED lighting, variable-speed well … More »

When you’re neighbors, “because” is all you need

There are things that can’t be measured. A Realtor friend recently visited Freedom Village Cooperative in Concord. She’s helping the co-op rehab and sell some abandoned manufactured homes so it can keep residents’ rents low and keep the park vibrant. … More »

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What makes a great leader?

Reflections on the Resident Owned Community Leader Training from NeighborWorks Montana’s Assistant Director Kaia Peterson What makes a great leader? This is one of the questions posed to leaders from resident-owned communities when they gathered in Great Falls … More »

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To chase away the winter doldrums, socialize!

An article I recently read about beating the winter doldrums included recommendations to become more social. This makes a lot of sense. Folks lucky enough to live in a resident-owned community have a built-in social network of people around them … More »