Housing Surveys Paint Picture of Island Under Pressure

A series of recently-completed housing plans show a year-round population straining under the weight of rents and mortgages amid prohibitive building costs and the pressures of a seasonal real estate market.

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Housing Production Plans Create Blueprint for Future
In perhaps the most wide-ranging study of Island housing problems to date, housing production plans were issued this week detailing needs, strategies and obstacles for each Island town.
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Housing Struggle on Martha's Vineyard Spans Decades

Seventeen years ago, in the midst of a market upturn, housing concerns for year-rounders reached a new height.

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Housing Workshops Conclude
The last in a series of three public workshops about affordable housing will take place next week in every town.
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Housing Problems on Martha's Vineyard Are Deep, But Not Unique
Low wages and a seasonal economy are a recipe for hardship for those looking for housing on the Vineyard and other resort communities, with high-cost second homes raising prices.
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Affordable Housing: An Urgent Need
 
It is important that in the rush to designate the entire Island as a “district of critical planning concern” that we not forget two other issues that have long been neglected on the Vineyard. The first is the urgent need for affordable housing. The second is the need for much more active comprehensive planning so that we will not lurch from crisis to crisis as we have been doing, while growth around us has continued unabated. This letter deals only with the first.
 
This will not be a treatise on affordable housing.
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Affordable Housing Tops West Tisbury Special Town Meeting
A short warrant that goes relatively long on spending will come before West Tisbury voters at a special town meeting next week.
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Kuehn's Way Project Clears Tisbury Zoning Board of Appeals

The Tisbury zoning board of appeals has cleared the way for 20 affordable apartments to be built on State Road in Vineyard Haven.

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Islandwide Affordable Housing Series Begins

Residents from Edgartown to Aquinnah this week weighed in on an effort to increase the Island’s stock of affordable housing as a series of workshops began.

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Planning Boards Launch Major Affordable Housing Initiative

Working as a group, six Island planning boards have launched an initiative that aims to create hundreds of affordable housing units over the next 10 years.

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