CaliROC, a program of the California Center for Cooperative Development (CCCD), is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that promotes cooperatives as a vibrant model to address the economic and social needs of California’s communities. CCCD supports the myriad of cooperatives in California (agricultural, arts and crafts, child care, energy, housing, worker-owned, etc.) with start-up, management, and other technical assistance. The Center’s Community and Economic Development Programs specifically highlight cooperative projects that promote opportunities for people with low and moderate incomes, as well as economically disadvantaged communities, regions, and neighborhoods. Such projects include education about how cooperatives can be effective in stimulating economic growth, income generation, home ownership opportunities, cost savings, or strategies for bringing needed products and services to underserved areas.
CASA of Oregon
Rooted in its service to agricultural workers, Community and Shelter Assistance Corporation (CASA of Oregon) improves the lives of Oregonians in underserved communities by building affordable housing, neighborhood facilities and programs that increase families’ financial security. CASA of Oregon’s three departments include Manufactured Housing Cooperative Development (MHCD), Housing and Community Development, and Family Economic Opportunity (FEO). Through these programs, CASA of Oregon seeks to provide high quality, affordable housing and community facilities that improve the lives of families, their neighborhoods and communities, as well as increase access by historically underserved families to financial services and educational opportunities that enhance family economic sustainability and security.
Cooperative Development Institute (CDI) is the source for cooperative business development in the Northeast. CDI’s mission is to build a cooperative economy through the creation and development of successful cooperative enterprises and networks in diverse communities in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island and New York. Our organization provides education, training and technical assistance to cooperatively-structured enterprises in all business sectors, including food, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, housing, energy, arts, retail, service, health. Founded in 1995, CDI is based in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, with a staff of 11 spread through five northeast states.
LEAP ROC is a program of LEAP Charities, a Boise, Idaho-based non-profit that has helped homeowners achieve their goals of affordable and sustainable home ownership. Along with their work in the resident-ownership sector, the organization achieves their mission of “bridging the gap between need and hope one home at a time” through education, empowerment and stewardship. The idea of supporting homeowners at all levels to achieve affordability and security is one rooted in the work already being done at LEAP. Two of the programs are the Welcome Home program, which has connected 160 refugees with temporary transitional housing over the last two years, and the Yes You Can program, which has helped more than a dozen people purchase homes by coaching them through the process.
NeighborWorks Montana’s mission is to create opportunities for families and individuals across Montana to live in affordable homes in strong communities. The organization works in three primary program areas: Housing Counseling and Education, Lending and Manufactured Housing. The organization was formed in 1998 with a network of more than 30 housing organization partners including non-profits, state and federal agencies, and private sector lenders. A network approach is fundamental to the success of the organization, in serving a vast and rural state. The work of NeighborWorks Montana has been recognized nationally, including a first-place award from NeighborWorks America in 2010 for the number of potential homebuyers who have been educated. Since its inception, NeighborWorks Montana has secured more than $44.1 million in operational funding, and more than $69.1 million in capital funding for first- and second-mortgage lending. NeighborWorks Montana has been a ROC USA® Certified Technical Assistance Provider since April 2010.
Northcountry Cooperative Foundation (NCF) a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has as its mission “transforming lives and communities through cooperative enterprise”. In acting on its mission, over the last 10 years, NCF has carried out seven manufactured housing cooperative projects – six in its home state of Minnesota and one in Wisconsin in transactions approaching $19 million with 500 units of housing preserved and strengthened through resident ownership. In addition, to its work in resident-owned communities, NCF is one of several designated cooperative development centers nationally, and so provides ongoing training, technical assistance, and organizational development support via its Traveling Cooperative Institute for food cooperatives and toward encouraging familiarity with the cooperative model through a broad effort to engage rural youth in its service area. NCF staff has a core staff of six seasoned multifamily housing development, finance, and organizational development professionals and a finance consultant engaged in its work.
PathStone is a not-for-profit community development and human service organization providing services to low-income families and economically depressed communities throughout New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, Indiana, Virginia, Vermont and Puerto Rico. Since 1969, PathStone has been dedicated to preserving affordable housing for lower-income households. Manufactured homes represent an important source of affordable housing, especially in rural areas. We are also dedicated to helping lower income-families build assets for their future, and home equity represents a key asset-building strategy. Homes in co-op parks have been found to sell for more than comparable homes in investor-owned communities, so co-ops are one way to help homeowners gain and preserve assets.
Established in 1983, ROC-NH™, a program of the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund, helps residents of manufactured-home parks cooperatively buy the land under their houses, build value and security in their homes and create stronger, vibrant communities. It is the only statewide program in N.H. that provides loans, training and technical assistance to convert manufactured-home parks into cooperatives owned and governed by their residents. One hundred nine resident-owned communities (ROCs) in New Hampshire provide affordable housing for more than 6,000 families. ROC-NH does this by: Helping homeowners organize co-ops and decide whether purchasing their parks is in their long-term best interest; lending and/or helping arrange loans and grants for the co-op’s predevelopment work, deposit, purchase and rehabilitation projects; helping the co-op establish a board of directors and committees to run it; and providing ongoing technical support and training. ROC-NH is the Community Loan Fund’s oldest and best-known program. It has been recognized for excellence by the Opportunity Finance Network, Fannie Mae Foundation, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, National Environmental Education & Training Foundation and Citizens Bank.
ROC Northwest is program of Northwest Cooperative Development Center, a nonprofit organization devoted to assisting new and existing cooperative businesses, from daycare centers to credit unions. NWCDC supports cooperatives in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Hawaii. Founded by cooperatives in 1979, the Center has grown into the Northwest’s leading provider of services for co-op business development. We have a long history of collaborating with communities, governments, economic development agencies and other cooperatives, sharing expertise and building cross-sector support for new and existing cooperatives. Housing cooperatives empower residents to collectively take control of their housing future, and NWCDC provides facilitation, advising, analysis and access to information and tools for cooperatives.
Thistle is part of the heart and soul of Boulder County. Thistle is a private non-profit organization that develops, manages and preserves quality, permanently affordable rental and ownership homes in Boulder County, Colo. Since its founding in 1989, Thistle has created more than 1,000 affordable homes. With valued partners, Thistle invests in its properties to preserve and enhance over $45 million in community assets. Thistle believes affordable housing is more than just a place to live and contributes to the diversity and inclusivity of its communities by creating comfortable, quality homes in welcoming neighborhoods and supporting working and low-income families to live near where they work.