State agency puts Washington ROC in the news spotlight

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A Washington resident-owned community and some of its residents were profiled in the 2016 reports of the Washington State Housing Finance Commission, including a cover shot for a father and son.

Xavier and Ian Niño are pictured smiling on the cover (an inside, as well) of the Commission’s 2016 Impact Report, an annual publication that shows in detail the work done in the previous year.  

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The Niños join mom/wife Gaby in the Commission’s 2016 Annual Report representing the work it has done in eight ROCs across Washington, including Hillside Homeowners Cooperative in Centralia where the family lives. Hillside is a 46-home community whose residents purchased the land beneath their neighborhood for $1.45 million in March 2016.

In the report, Gaby, who serves as ROC treasurer, talks about the changes at Hillside since the residents took control.

“As part owner, I find comfort in knowing that my place here is secured,” she said. “We are talking about fixing the roads, securing our mailboxes, and our options for the forested parcels.”

She’s also pictured with a neighbor and Daniel Luis Arrañaga, the technical assistance provider from ROC Northwest who works with Hillside, using two of the computers donated to the ROC.

Click to read the Impact Report and Annual Report or to learn more about the Washington State Housing Finance Commission.

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