The Social Innovator of the Year Award recognizes a New England leader with a demonstrated commitment to social innovation. Social innovators combine the passion and purpose of a social or environmental mission, with the rigor and accountability of a financially sustainable, scalable model for change.
Imagine if you owned your house, but not the land beneath it. Imagine if the landowner decided to sell that land, forcing you to move, or kept raising your monthly payments. This is the situation faced by thousands of owners of manufactured housing in New Hampshire and across the country. Enter ROC USA, the nonprofit Paul Bradley founded in 2008 to take a successful program of the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund to national scale. ROC USA helps homeowners gain economic security through resident ownership of their "mobile home park" or manufactured home community. Learn more about ROC USA.
The Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise is honored to recognize Paul Bradley for his role in helping grow a social business that has helped thousands of people lead more secure lives by giving them a secure place to
live. Bradley’s work exemplifies the center’s commitment to financially sustainable and scalable solutions to pressing community challenges.
Learn More about Bradley's Work with the UNH:
· A 2006 report by the Carsey Institute found that residents who own their manufactured housing communities have significant financial and social advantages over their counterparts in communities owned by private owners.
· The center’s “Scale Project” helped ROC USA build its national operating platform through a grant from the Ford Foundation
· ROC USA hosted Social Innovation Interns in 2012 and 2013.
· Bradley is a regular speaker at UNH classes and Net Impact UNH events.