Two longtime Island affordable housing advocates will be honored at the State House in Boston Tuesday for their contributions under the Community Preservation Act.
Philippe Jordi and Derrill Bazzy are recipients of this year’s Kuehn Community Preservation Award, given out by the Community Preservation Act Coalition.
Mr. Jordi is executive director of the Island Housing Trust, a nonprofit group that develops sustainable affordable housing projects for year-round Islanders. Mr. Bazzy is a longtime member of the affordable housing committee in Aquinnah, his home town. He works for the South Mountain Co. in West Tisbury.
“Their dedication, enthusiasm, leadership and tireless commitment to community preservation on Martha’s Vineyard have marked them as true heroes of CPA, whose work best exemplifies the spirit of Robert H. Kuehn Jr.,” the coalition said in a press release announcing the award.
The third annual Kuehn Community Preservation Awards ceremony will be held on Jan. 14 at 10:30 a.m. in the Great Hall at the Massachusetts State House.
The Community Preservation Act allows towns to place a surcharge on property tax bills and use the money for open space, historic preservation and affordable housing initiatives. The state provides matching funds. Every town on the Vineyard has adopted the Community Preservation Act.