Survey Highlights Need for Year-Round Rental Housing
Alex Elvin

A Martha’s Vineyard Commission survey confirms a stark contrast between the needs of renters and homeowners on the Island.

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More Than Third of Island Population Is on Relief
Vineyard Gazette
A total of 36.8 per cent of the population of Dukes County, calculated on the 1930 census, is being supported by public funds either from the ERA, public welfare or soldiers’ relief, according to figures compiled by the Hyannis Regional ERA office for February.
For Dukes County, the accompanying table shows, the total relief load is 479 cases, supporting 1,820 persons.
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Affordable Housing: An Urgent Need
Edward J. Logue
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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A Look at the Vineyard in the 21st Century
Holly Higinbotham
How’s this for a long view of the Vineyard, let’s say some time after the year 2000 when this fragile Island enters the 21st century.
  • A summer population of as much as 260,000.
  • More than 40,000 buildings situated on only 64,000 acres of Vineyard land.
  • Miles upon miles of asphalt roads criss-crossing back and forth across the length and breadth of the Island.
  • Housing construction riveted to rigid, evenly spaced grid plans, like another Levittown.
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Dukes County Has 3,799 “Housing Units” for Its 5,699 Inhabitants
Vineyard Gazette
Dukes County boasts a total of 3,799 “housing units,” for its 5,669 inhabitants, according to revised figures issued by the U.S. Bureau of the Census for 1940. At the time the tally was made 1,699 of the houses were occupied, 524 were vacant and for sale or for rent, and 1,576 were vacant for other reasons.
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Definite Facts on Housing Units, Their Condition, Equipment
Vineyard Gazette
The 1960 census of housing of the U.S. Department of Commerce counted 5,340 housing units in Dukes County.
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