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Residents of two mobile home parks in Garden City are now co-owners of their community.

Formerly Buddy Manor and Native Dancer, the new combined community on 40th street is called Buddy Dancer and includes 56 homes.

Leap ROC (resident owned communities), an Idaho affiliate of ROC USA, helped the residents form a business under Idaho Title 30 and buy the land.

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“Collectively, the former owners worked with LEAP ROC and the community residents to
provide a non-traditional deal in order to preserve the community,” said Bart Cochran, Executive
Director of LEAP Housing Solutions.

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Buddy Dancer residents will continue to own their own homes individually but now have equal share of the land.

Community decisions from landscaping to renting land will be decided through member votes.

“I’m thrilled that the 56 homeowners of Buddy Dancer can breathe a little easier knowing their homes are secure in a resident-owned community,” ROC USA President Paul Bradley said.

LEAP Housing Solutions is an affordable housing nonprofit in Boise.

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