Paul Bradley and Mike Bullard reflect on the exciting things that happened in 2022. They discuss the PRICE Initiative and other great achievements, changes in ROC USA and ROC Association, their favorite podcast episodes from the year, and what they’re hopeful for in 2023.
Episode: 2022 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 resident ownership movement! In today’s episode, Paul and Mike reflect on 2022.
0:12 – Today’s episode and guest introduced
Paul and Mike start off discussing where last year finished off on December 23rd. Congress passed the PRICE initiative, which leaders around the country had been advocating for the last two years. This included a $225 million infrastructure fund which is part of the omnibus bill. This will create relief and could have a huge impact on the resident ownership communities including their water, sewer, community center, shelters, solar projects, etc. These limited equity cooperatives that are part of the ROC USA network will be eligible for these grant funds and HUD is in charge of distribution. Mary O’Hara also testified in front of congress online. Homeowners hosted policy makers to come to their communities to look at the critical needs for life saving infrastructure and to show them what they can do.
5:32 – Celebrating the achievements of ROC in 2022
In 2022, ROC USA welcomed 17 new resident owned communities, expanding the grand total to 304 communities. There are more than 21,500 homes in those communities. In Johnstown, Colorado, resources were put together by foundations and were financed 2% below what Fannie Mae offered. This begs the question: how do we bring lower cost resources to the table? Affordability is stressed to the max and this is seen acutely in manufactured housing or mobile home parks. The first ROC in Pennsylvania was created in 2022. Also, an investment by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts was given for the first time ever.
8:30 – Changes in ROC Association
ROC USA saw a lot of work in the PRICE initiative in 2022. Two out of three directors were new to their offices this past spring. Deb has a strong role in media and public speaking, including her interview on the Boston Public Radio. The ROC Association Directors led the way for the PRICE initiative and demonstrated impressive work. Kim Capen stepped down from leadership after 6 years, but still leads a community engagement pilot project with the ROC Association. He works with a group of communities on Member engagement specifically on how to keep Members engaged.
10:46 – ROC USA Online Community in 2022
The ROC USA online community took off in 2022 with a training platform, which includes 24/7 training. This platform has live webinars and hosted a leadership institute in 2022 with over 60 community leaders that joined for new training, leadership skills, growth, etc.
13:20 – Favorite podcasts in 2022
Mike’s favorite podcast was the interview with the Sirles brothers. They talked about the first ROC and about how this whole effort started 40 years ago. Affordable housing and stable communities are so important and ROC USA has become vital to the local economy. This has provided long term security to residents and has become a stabilizing force. The first ROC was bought by a co-op group that was funded by a community loan. They faced many of the same pressures that co-ops face today and owners of that community chose to sell it to them. A writer from the University of Wisconsin cited ROC USA as a trend in cooperative development. This happens with or without support and if you’re part of an institution out there looking to make a charitable donation, ROC USA has a grant program for community projects. During the first year of the pandemic, ROC USA funded over $50,000.
21:08 – TA Providers from 2022
TA providers provide assistance to homeowners and in 2022, they elected two new directors to the board. ROC USA is creating an inclusive structure that is fully elected and appointed by stakeholders. This multi-stakeholder governance has three community leaders elected by their peers as ROC Association directors.
22:52 – ROC USA’s Multi-stakeholder approach
This multi-stakeholder approach is a strategic plan that was worked on with input from ROC leaders, ROC Association, TA affiliates, external stakeholders, etc. It was approved by the Board and will be published soon. This supports new co-ops but also supports communities that already exist and opportunities for leaders. ROC USA does not want anyone to be isolated or feel alone, so there are contact forms here on the website to engage with other co-op leaders. You can invite a fellow ROC leader from another community to Zoom in, participate and provide presentations at your meetings.
25:05 – Closing remarks
Lastly, both Paul and Mike say how the ROC USA recognizes that we are better together. The organization works better together and collaboratively works through problems. This proves that people are capable of stepping up and providing leadership. We are looking forward to more expansion and innovation in 2023, and what’s coming next year.
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