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A few mobile homes with lush landscaping under a bright blue sky at Sunset Terrace in Rockland, Maine.
ABOVE Sunset Terrace in Rockland, Maine, one of six resident-owned mobile home communities that benefitted from critical health and safety upgrades with the help of Genesis Fund guidance services.

Collaboration to Improve Infrastructure - Rockland, Thomaston, Waldoboro, Bristol, Augusta & Veazie, ME

Safer and Healthier Mobile Home Communities

Genesis has supported the formation of 10 resident-owned mobile home cooperatives in Maine, helping bring stability, affordability, and community pride to their residents.

When we learned that neglected water, sewer, septic, and electrical systems posed risks to the health and safety of more than 200 households in six mobile home communities in Maine, we worked with residents to create plans for assistance and repairs.

Over three years, Genesis collaborated with the Cooperative Development Institute, the Maine Department of Economic & Community Development, and the City of Rockland to fund infrastructure improvements completed at Sunset Terrace in Rockland, Sunset Acres in Thomaston, Medomak Mobile Home Cooperative in Waldoboro, Pemaquid Villas in Bristol, Deer Ridge in Augusta, and Grey Stone in Veazie.

Substantial upgrades proved transformative for improving residents’ quality of life and financial burden.

“Our community was able to improve the electrical as well as the water,” said Kathryn Rhodes, a resident of Sunset Terrace. “Members have much better water pressure, and our water bills have shown a substantial drop, which is a financial savings for our whole community. We are so very thankful.”

In addition to water and electric services, repairs improved site drainage and septic and sewer systems in the mobile home communities.