Nonprofit works to help residents convert communities to resident ownership
Next Step Network announced today that ROC USA, a nonprofit social venture scaling resident ownership of manufactured home communities, is joining Next Step’s efforts to promote the use of affordable, energy-efficient factory-built homes.
“ROC USA and Next Step have a history of collaboration and partnership dating back to the founding of our organization,” said Stacey Epperson, president and founder of Next Step. “We are so pleased to have Paul [Bradley] and his dedicated team join our network to further our shared goal of promoting factory-built homes as an affordable and viable homeownership solution in states and localities across the country.”
ROC USA partners with nine nonprofit organizations working in 21 states. The organization assists and provides resources to residents looking to convert their manufactured home community to a cooperative, or resident-owned, model.
ROC USA Network affiliates have helped 217 communities preserve nearly 14,000 homes in 15 states since 1984.
“The work done by ROC USA and Next Step really goes hand in hand. We are all committed to providing owners of manufactured homes with efficient, secure and affordable new home options,” said Paul Bradley, ROC USA’s founding president. “The Next Step staff were the first people I turned to when my mother was looking for a new HUD-code home to place in a ROC. That probably says it all, right there.”
Next Step works to bring energy-efficient, high performing and affordable homes to communities across the country. Next Step leverages expertise in the manufactured housing space to build relationships between leaders in the industry, nonprofit housing organizations, lending institutions and other key stakeholders to expand the use of factory-built housing as a viable, sustainable homeownership solution.
About Next Step Network ®
Next Step Network mobilizes a national network of mission-driven nonprofits, leaders in the manufactured housing industry and lending institutions serving home buyers and homeowners in their communities. Next Step’s system – Manufactured Housing Done Right® – connects responsible financing, comprehensive homebuyer education and delivery of high-quality, ENERGY STAR® manufactured homes at scale, creating a model that brings more value to the customer. Learn more at www.nextstepus.org.
About ROC USA ®
ROC USA is a non-profit organization with a national network of nine organizations and a national financing source for resident-owned communities. ROC USA Network affiliates have helped 217 communities preserve nearly 14,000 homes in 15 states since 1984. www.rocusa.org.