Housing Bank Organizers Air Plan, Stress Urgent Need
Questions and compliments came from all directions at Monday night’s forum on the renewed effort to create a housing bank on Martha’s Vineyard, as organizers aired the long-term plan.
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Housing Bank Coalition Hosts Listening Sessions
As the affordable housing crisis on Martha’s Vineyard escalates to unprecedented heights, a wide-ranging group working to establish a housing bank will host two public listening sessions this week to hear feedback from Islanders. The first session is tonight from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
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Housing Crisis Draws Crowd
Chris Burrell

The fight for affordable housing on the Island cannot be won without a serious wad of cash, according to the activists for cheaper housing.

On Wednesday night at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury, advocates unveiled a plan that could funnel millions of dollars into the effort on the Vineyard and promise tangible results as early as next year in the form of cash for land and houses and subsidies for rent or down-payments on homes.

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As Home Prices Rise So Does Need for a Housing Bank
Julie Fay and Arielle Faria
In 2005, the first housing bank initiative on Martha’s Vineyard won support from all six Island towns.
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Coalition Forms to Try Again for Housing Bank
Noah Asimow
For the second time in as many years, a grass roots coalition to form a Martha’s Vineyard housing bank has begun to take hold on the Island —this time joining at least six other communities across the commonwealth.
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A Year Later, Housing Bank Campaign Goes Quiet
Noah Asimow
The visible public campaign for the housing bank is now relegated to a cohort of devoted activists in working groups.
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West Tisbury Puts Housing Bank on Hold, Backs Funding for High School Track
Holly Pretsky

With five towns now calling for further review, the plan to create an Islandwide housing bank is officially on hold. West Tisbury voters decided Tuesday night to reconsider an earlier vote to approve the bank.

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West Tisbury Joins Call to Postpone Housing Bank
Holly Pretsky

West Tisbury voters will convene at town meeting Tuesday to decide their part in two key regional issues.

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Chilmark Sends Housing Bank Back to Drawing Board
Landry Harlan

The Islandwide housing bank appears to be headed back to the drawing board after Chilmark voters put the brakes on the plan at their annual town meeting Monday night.

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Housing Bank Campaign Shifts Up-Island
Noah Asimow

After strong defeats in the three down-Island annual town meetings and a victory in West Tisbury last week, proponents of the controversial housing bank are turning their attention up-Island, where two more town meetings and a vote on the bank’s funding mechanism remain.

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