Partner: Shires Housing Funding sources: TD Bank, Bank of Bennington, HOME Program, LIHTC, VHCB Runding, HUD, VHFA, VEIC, VT Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development
In October 2012, Shires Housing (formerly Regional Affordable Housing Corporation), Housing Vermont, and special guest Governor Peter Shumlin celebrated the addition of 26 affordable and energy efficient housing units for families in Bennington. Roaring Branch is a scattered site consisting of 14 new units on Roaring Branch Lane and 12 rehabilitated units on Benmont Avenue. The Benmont Avenue units were originally built in 1865 as housing for workers at the Holden-Leonard Mill. RAHC purchased them in 1993 and 1999 and completely gutted and renovated the interiors. Most units have two bedrooms, with a couple one- and three-bedroom apartments as well. Rents range from $575 to $870 including utilities. All units at both sites use solar panels to help heat hot water and other energy efficient aspects.