Are you developing a story about a recent resident purchase, trends, challenges or solutions related to the manufactured housing industry? Or researching a speech, white paper or similar project? Our expert staff and Network of affiliates provide technical assistance to more than 290 resident owned communities nationwide, making ROC USA® the national leader in resident ownership. Here, we offer quick facts about ROC USA, ROC USA® Capital, a CDFI lending only to resident groups in manufactured home communities, a glossary of industry terms, media contacts, sources to interview, stories and visuals ready to share, and articles about ROCs and the manufactured housing industry.
ABOUT ROC USA
ROC USA Quick Facts
Mission: To make quality resident ownership viable nationwide and to expand economic opportunities for homeowners in manufactured (mobile) home communities.
ROC USA® Capital: ROC USA Capital is a U.S. Treasury certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). ROC USA Capital only lends to resident-owned communities that work with a Certified Technical Assistance Provider in ROC USA Network. These loans can be for community purchases, refinances, or community renovation projects, as well as a forgivable pre-development loan for communities considering resident ownership.
ROC USA® Network: ROC USA Network is a group of regional non-profit affiliates that provide coaching and expertise to resident groups through the entire community purchase process and beyond. These technical assistance providers help resident groups assess a community purchase opportunity, work through the purchase, and successfully manage the resident-owned community for years to come.
Communities Converted to Resident Ownership: 304
Member Households Served: 21,543
Largest ROC: 430 homes, Halifax Mobile Home Estates Association, Halifax, Massachusetts
First ROC: Meredith Center Cooperative, Meredith, N.H. – purchased June 1, 1984
Newest ROC: Evergreen Village Cooperative, Inc., Mount Bethel, Pa. – purchased Oct. 31, 2022
ROCs financed by ROC USA Capital: 114 ($366.8 million)
Resident Ownership Basics
In a resident-owned community, homeowners form a non-profit business called a cooperative. Each household is a Member of the cooperative, which owns the land and manages the business that is the community. Members continue to own their own homes individually and an equal share of the land beneath the entire neighborhood.
In resident-owned communities:
- The cooperative purchases the community and operates it in a limited-equity structure.
- The Members elect a Board of Directors to run the community.
- Decisions are made democratically – each household has one vote.
- Profits from monthly site fees are reinvested into the community.
Watch this 77-second video that helps explain resident ownership.
Common terms like trailer park, trailers, parks and mobile homes are outdated and stigmatic for the people who live there. Instead, please use the following terms:
- Manufactured home community
- Manufactured homes (or simply ‘homes’)
Instead of using the term rent, use monthly site fee, especially when referring to Resident Owned Communities.
MEDIA coverage OF RESIDENT OWNED COMMUNITIES
VTDIGGER: STEPHEN HAMLIN: SEN. LEAHY NEEDS TO SUPPORT THE PRICE PROGRAM FOR MANUFACTURED HOUSING COMMUNITIES
PRICE is a $500 million grant program specific to resident-owned communities like ours and nonprofit manufactured home communities to support critical infrastructure improvements and resident purchases. The U.S House Appropriations Committee voted to include the PRICE program in
Although they’re often the most affordable type of housing, trailer homes are a precarious living situation because the owners don’t own the land and can find themselves displaced if an owner decides to sell or redevelop the property.
Missoula city council’s housing committee has voted to approve contracts totaling $850,000 to allow Old Hellgate Village mobile home park to become a Resident-Owned Community, or ROC.
The Housing Stability Council of the state of Oregon’s Housing and Community Services approved $8.04 million of funding to the Harbor Village RV and Mobile Home Park for infrastructure repair and other costs at its August 5, 2022
Manufactured Housing Industry News
Looking out for their neighbors to keep the community running smoothly is at the heart of what these community leaders do. They have ideas for a Halloween party, or breakfast for residents on Saturday mornings – anything to
Seven Days: Upward Mobility: With Housing in Short Supply, Mobile Home Parks Are Having a Moment. For Good Reasons, It Turns Out.
Lots at Williston Woods mobile home park are a coveted prize. Realtors contact homeowners directly to ask if they’re thinking of selling, and people routinely drive through the secluded hilltop community hoping to spot homes for sale. Spacious double-wide
Across the US, corporate buyers are purchasing mobile home parks and driving up rents for those on the brink of being homeless. VICE News went to Fresno, California, where one such company is attempting to buy a park
The Boston Globe: On Cape Cod, a band of mobile home owners fight for their park: ‘The vultures want it! But they’re not going to get it’
Investors nationwide of buying up mobile home parks from mom-and-pop operators. Tenants often suffer.
The ROC USA Staff and members of the Board of Directors are experts and innovators in the manufactured housing space. If you are interested in interviewing someone listed below, please contact Mike Bullard.
Paul Bradley founded ROC USA in 2008 with three LLC Members, a national sponsor, and nine Network affiliates. Paul has more than 30 years of experience in community organizing, training, project management and financing in the resident-owned community market niche.
Executive Vice President, ROC Movement
Mary O’Hara supports ROC USA’s strategic priority to ensure our historic work in community-driven change in neighborhoods is reflected (and magnified) in statewide and national change efforts. Mary supports co-op leaders and Members who are driving the national ROC movement through outreach and education, peer networking, and public policy.
ROC USA® Capital
Michael Sloss is responsible for directing all of ROC USA® Capital’s key business functions, including: capitalization, loan origination and closing, loan servicing and portfolio management. Michael has presided over ROC USA Capital since 2008 and is responsible for all lending, capital raising and portfolio management activities.
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ROC Member Testimonials
New Castle, Del.