Two Towns Defeat Housing Bank; One Approves
Julia Wells

Edgartown and Oak Bluffs voters defeated the controversial housing bank question Tuesday night, while in West Tisbury the question won approval. Tisbury voters take up the question tonight.

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Housing Bank Campaign Heats Up on All Sides
Noah Asimow

As voters in four towns prepare to weigh in next week on a wide range of issues at annual town meetings, one issue has dominated Island discourse: the proposal to create a housing bank.

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Housing Bank: Key to Island's Future
Richard Leonard
In 2004, recognizing the need for the creation of year-round housing across the Island, the majority of voters in all Island towns voted to petition the state legislature to create an Islandwide housing bank and fund it with a steady, dependable source of new revenue.
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Selectmen Sound Off Over Early-File Bill on Housing Bank
Noah Asimow

Edgartown selectmen reacted sharply after learning that state Sen. Julian Cyr and Rep. Dylan Fernandes had filed legislation to establish a housing bank three months ago.

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Road to Town Meeting; Housing Bank Forum Digs Into the Details
Noah Asimow
Question, concerns and support were all expressed at a housing bank forum held to discuss the details of two warrant articles coming to town meeting floor this season.
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Edgartown Joins Oak Bluffs, Strongly Opposing Housing Bank
Noah Asimow

Edgartown selectmen sent a letter to state Rep. Dylan Fernandes and Sen. Julian Cyr voicing strong opposition to the establishment of a housing bank using funds from the short-term rental tax.

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Proposed Housing Bank Takes First Step
Julia Wells
An ad hoc citizen group has assembled to develop an action plan for the growing housing crisis on the Vineyard. The first step comes at town elections beginning next week, when voters will be asked to weigh in.
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Conservation and Affordable Housing: Martha's Vineyard Can Have Both
James Lengyel
Affordable housing has been part of the land bank’s planning since 1989, when it first adopted a housing policy.
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Affordable Housing Forum Sparks Hope
Ian Fein

Martha's Vineyard may have an affordable housing crisis on its hands, but it also has the community support and political will to address the issue.

And if the Island's many grassroots housing organizations cooperate in their present efforts and continue to experiment with new ones, the crisis in the long run could change the Vineyard for the better.

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Affordable Housing Initiatives Clear Key Hurdles at Ballot Box
James Kinsella

Affordable Housing Initiative Clears Key Hurdles at Ballot Box

By JAMES KINSELLA

Voters in three Vineyard towns yesterday brought the Island a step closer to the creation of a housing bank by backing the initiative and enacting the Community Preservation Act.

Approval of the CPA in Edgartown, Oak Bluffs and West Tisbury provided a crucial step on the road to establishment of a housing bank, which would be modeled on the Martha's Vineyard Land Bank.

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