Leaders of new Vermont ROC embrace democratic control

CASTLETON, Vt. — Residents are ready to get to work in the 45-home Windy Hollow Cooperative after collectively purchasing their neighborhood earlier this month.

Laura Bronson, a Windy Hollow resident, stands in front of her home. Picture from the Rutland (Vt.) Herald.
Laura Bronson, a Windy Hollow resident, stands in front of her home. Picture from the Rutland (Vt.) Herald.

Interim Board President Robin Crowningshield said she’s excited for what the future holds in a Feb. 19 article in the Rutland (Vt.) Herald. She said the ROC leaders are already discussing water and plowing improvements.

“We’re on this!” she said.

Sarah Martin, the housing program organizer from the Cooperative Development Institute, echoed the excitement, saying that watching the residents sign the papers was a moment of pride for her.

“I can’t stop gushing about them, I’m so proud of the work they’ve done,” she said in the article.

CDI is a certified technical assistance provider with ROC USA® Network. CDI will provide training and coaching to Windy Hollow for at least 10 years.

Residents purchased the community on Feb. 15 for $1.05 million with help from the Cooperative Fund of New England and the Vermont Housing Finance Agency.

ROC USA Network has helped 217 communities in 15 states.

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