WCAX reports that a Windsor VT manufactured home community was saved from the threat of closure when 14 families became the new owners of the ‘park.’ Rockingham Area Community Land Trust, the prior owner, claimed high costs and threatened to close the location. “We have elderly people and people on fixed incomes so it wasn’t an option for them,” stated Dave Furman, president of the Bunker Hill Community Cooperative. The Mobile Home Project, run by the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, helped form a cooperative allowing residents buy in and run the park. “It’s a big undertaking,” explained Shaun Gilpin of the Mobile Home Project. “It’s not something that is right for every community. But it was clear that this group of residents had such strong social cohesion that it seemed like a good opportunity for them to take over the management.” Roads, water and sewer lines, other maintenance and electricity are now resident’s responsibility.
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