Happy New Year! In our first episode of the new year, hosts Paul Bradley and Mike Bullard look back on the successes of the resident ownership movement in 2021 and look ahead to what’s to come in 2022. Paul and Mike talk about a little bit of everything in this episode – consolidation in the manufactured housing industry, new ROC purchases, the retirements of a few important people, changes at ROC USA, highlights from the first year of Ownership Matters, and more!
Episode: Year in Review
Welcome to the Ownership Matters podcast, where hosts Paul Bradley and Mike Bullard of ROC USA highlight the stories of people at the heart of the manufactured housing and resident-ownership movements! ROC USA has been working with resident owners in manufactured home communities since 2008, and today, Paul and Mike focus specifically on the past year in the organization. 2021 was a year of exciting developments, and it left Paul and Mike eager to see what 2022 will hold!
0:10 Episode introduction
Hosts Paul Bradley and Mike Bullard kick off the episode by sharing their excitement over the past year and the new year ahead, and by welcoming the new communities and states that were added to the ROC USA Network in 2021. They also reflect on ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has bolstered the value and demand for reconsolidated communities owned by residents rather than by large corporations.
3:54 Recent Highlights
From a Minnesota co-op’s partnership with Libraries Without Borders to a major water system overhaul in Massachusetts, ROC communities have had many projects underway in recent months! They have also demonstrated time and again the international principle of co-ops helping co-ops. People across the ROC network have creatively fostered community engagement, and listeners interested in getting involved can still contribute to a worthy cause.
7:19 ROC Leadership
Next, Paul and Mike celebrate ROC Association Director Kim Capen (who was featured in a past episode). Though Kim, a renowned speaker on the benefits of resident-ownership, will soon transition out of his role, co-op leaders can always request to have a member of the Outreach and Education Committee speak at one of their meetings! Paul and Mike further commend the Policy and Advocacy Committee, which has advocated strongly for resident-owned communities as the Build Back Better bill has been crafted by lawmakers.
12:34 An Update on ROC USA Network
Paul and Mike give a shout out to the ROC Northwest team for its support of three ROC conversion closings over the space of three weeks, share about two community purchases in Colorado, and comment on the big ROC USA win of receiving national NPR coverage. They also share about individual people whose lives have been changed by ROC USA, highlighting new TA providers and a Montana community member’s work with Family Promise.
23:12 ROC USA Capital and Looking Forward
Support from lenders in the charitable space, impact investors, and bank lenders allowed ROC USA Capital to raise the capital to lend about 68 million dollars to community groups in 2021! Looking to the future, Paul talks about efforts he’s been involved with to prepare ROC USA internally for the organization’s next season, from supporting the ROC Association and ROC leaders as movement leaders to developing online education and forming ROC USA Direct (for more on ROC USA Direct, see how ROC USA plans to be “Better Together in 2022!”).
30:19 A Pat on the Back and a Final Tribute
Finally, Mike and Paul celebrate the Ownership Matters podcast, giving highlights from its history, and even sharing from their “follies reel”! To close the episode, they play a clip from an interview with the late Chuck Snyder – a clip that shows how giving his first-ever loan to a single mom fostered his belief in and deep commitment to cooperation.
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