In today's New York Times, Loren Berlin published "At More Mobile-Home Parks, a Greater Sense of Security", a look at the growing movement for residents of manufactured home parks to form nonprofit cooperatives that purchase and manage the operations of the parks in which they live. The Cooperative Development Institute is proud to be a certified technical assistance provider with the ROC USA Network, which is spearheading a nation-wide initiative to secure such resident-owned communities. Our New England Resident Owned Communities program, begun in Fall 2009, has already helped one park convert to resident-ownership, and is working with Wamsutta, the park in North Attleboro, MA featured in the NYT article, to complete their purchase this Spring. There are hundreds of manufactured home parks throughout New England, housing thousands of largely lower-income individuals and families, and apart from New Hampshire, where the ROC concept was launched, very few are currently resident-owned. Resident-ownership ensures that the land remains in use as a manufactured home park, keeps lot rents from increasing too much over time, and gives residents a direct say in park maintenance and infrastructure.
For more information on how residents can form a cooperative to purchase and manage their park, or for information on the benefits to park owners of selling to residents, contact our housing program manager, Andy Danforth, at email@example.com or 401-439-9795.
Photo: Alice Sadoski, resident of Wamsutta Mobile Home Park
Photo credit: Erik Jacobs for the New York Times