CTAP educates Mainers about ROCs

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Vendors set homes as manufactured housing takes center stage Friday at the Maine Manufactured Home Show in Augusta.

AUGUSTA, MAINE – Cooperative Development Institute is spending the weekend educating Maine home buyers about the benefits and advantages of resident-owned communities.

“The big difference between a commercially owned community and a ROC is the security of land ownership,” Jeanee Wright, a cooperative development specialist with CDI in Maine, told a family attending the show Friday afternoon. “In a ROC, you know you’ll never be forced to leave so long as you pay your rent and follow the community rules. Plus you won’t have to deal with a landlord, you’ll be the landlord.”

CDI, the ROC USA® Certified Technical Assistance Provider in Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island, is sponsoring a booth with ROC USA at the Maine Manufactured Home Show at the Augusta Civic Center.

This weekend’s show features several homes to visit and a variety of vendors such as manufacturers, dealers and home improvement specialists.

Andrew Danforth, director of CDI’s New England Resident Owned Communities (NEROC) Program, said the home show is a great opportunity to point people looking for a new home into one of the eight cooperatives in Maine.

“Chances are, a house is a family’s largest asset,” Danforth said. “What better way to make the most of that by setting it in a vibrant resident-owned neighborhood where you can enjoy cooperative land ownership and have a say in managing the community?”

The show runs through the weekend.

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ROC USA PHOTO / Mike Bullard

Jeanee Wright tells Maine Manufactured Home Show visitors about resident-owned communities Friday in Augusta, Maine.