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Safe at Home

Thanks to ROC USA, residents of mobile home parks can gain a real stake in the places where they live.

 

Back in 2005, Liz Wood was a single parent earning a modest income. She had “never thought buying a home would be attainable,” she recalls. Then she spotted a for-sale sign at Duvall Riverside Village, a mobile home park in Duvall, Wash. Although some friends raised eyebrows at her choice, Wood was won over by views of the Snoqualmie River and by the safe feeling she got from the neighborhood. The park, a 4.5-acre site that accommodates 25 factory-built houses, “is a sweet place,” she...


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