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Paul Bradley and family

Hip surgery provides important reminders

I am 55 and the owner of a new titanium hip as of seven days ago. After a long-time colleague – a former Marine with close to 20 years on me – wrote, “Wow, you’re young for that!” … More »

A new chapter for a ROC Champion

Julie Massa’s last official day at CASA of Oregon will be December 31st. Julie has worked tirelessly in her 9 years at CASA and has helped convert 15 cooperatives into resident ownership. Her leadership, knowledge, and dedication to … More »

A Note from the New NEROC Director

“By the gap I mean the gap between the hard realities around us and what we know is possible — not because we wish it were so, but because we’ve seen it with our own eyes.” Parker Palmer … More »

Building a Legacy

ROCs are an expanding solution to a genuine affordable housing crisis. In housing, the term “cost-burdened” describes anyone who pays more than 30 percent of their income for housing. Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies reported this summer … More »

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Loss of Manufactured Housing in Montana

Two recent news stories chronicled the loss of affordable manufactured housing in Montana, according to tax records and housing experts in the state. The ROC Model is a great way to preserve the housing in the stay and … More »

A house isn’t a car, so why depreciate it like one?

Working with owners and buyers of manufactured (mobile) homes, as we do here, means spending time countering myths and misconceptions left over from the bad old “trailer park” days. It doesn’t help when those misconceptions are spread by … More »

Two Great Honors

What a month! The emails that I have received and the evaluations I’ve read since the June 6 to 8 ROC Leadership Institute are deeply meaningful and powerful to me. I will share a few anonymously because I … More »

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Affordable Housing loss in Montana

Since 2011, nearly 300 manufactured homes were lost in Missoula County. As the economy in Montana grows, developers have been buying the land to build new homes, condos and townhouses. The loss of manufactured homes means a significant … More »