Photo of Roger Wilcox

Sad to report death of friend of housing co-ops

We lost a dear friend and co-op housing legend in Roger Wilcox last summer. Roger was an enthusiastic supporter of all things co-ops and was an especially strong leader in the co-op housing movement of which we are … More »

Screen shot of the New Hampshire Business Review’s article about co-ops in New Hampshire

Cooperatives Gaining Attention

New Hampshire Business Review published an interesting article on co-ops in the state which I thought our readers might appreciate.  As the article suggests, there are more co-ops operating than most of us realize. Cooperatives are corporations that … More »

Photo of Shirlene Stoven at her home at Applewood Mobile Home Park in Midvale, Utah, on Dec. 9, 2016.

The thrill of victory, and agony of defeat

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — The absolute worst phone calls I get are from homeowners facing eviction due to community closures. The calls are, unfortunately, regular. Today, for instance, there’s an email from a Legal Aid lawyer who … More »

Photo of homes at Wamsutta

Thrilled to see Annual Meeting done right

NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. — I spoke with the Members of Wamsutta Residents Association yesterday.  I was down for their Annual Meeting on a lovely Sunday afternoon. First, I have to commend the Board of Directors for a well-executed … More »

Group photo from "Elvis" performance at Medvil Cooperative in Goffstown, N.H.

Elvis spotted at Medvil Cooperative

By Kim Capen It was a Sunday afternoon and under a big tent that the residents of Medvil were treated to 2 ½ hours and 41 Elvis hits with Tony Nett’s tribute. There were a couple of standing … More »

Photo of the ROC USA conference room with photos of the current and past ROC Association Directors as well as a large photo of the first elected Directors.

What a weekend!

The ROC Association was started in 2013 to provide a way for ROCs to elect three community leaders to the national ROC USA Board.  That part has been going pretty well: All but one of the bi-annual elections … More »

Photo of Montana ROC leaders holding certificates following leadership training

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 »

200 and Counting!

  On April 26 the residents of Town & Country Estates in Kingston, Ma. became the 200th ROC. I was privileged to celebrate with them and can tell you that the enthusiasm was an 11 on a 10-point … More »


A simple question yields terrific answer

Last week I heard from an old colleague on LinkedIn.  She asked how I and ROC USA® were doing. I was happy to report that I am personally well – it’s nice when someone cares enough to ask … More »