Housing Needs Assessment Portrays an Island in Crisis

A recent benchmark housing needs assessment conducted by the Martha’s Vineyard Commission paints an increasingly dire picture of the Island’s housing crisis.

Housing Assistance Application Posted

A single application allows year-round Island and Cape Cod residents to seek rental and mortgage assistance from multiple funding programs.

Island Inn Provides Emergency Housing During Pandemic

The Island Inn in Oak Bluffs opened this week to provide emergency residence for Islanders who are at high risk of exposure during the pandemic and may need to be isolated from family or other household members.

Uncertainty Remains Over Short-Term Rental Tax

The recent passage of a tax on short-term rentals has kindled confusion among homeowners and realtors who fear it could eventually impact the Island’s robust seasonal economy.

Desperate Rental Market Leads to Housing Scams

If it seems too good to be true, then it probably is. At least in the case of summer housing rentals on Martha’s Vineyard.

Commission Explores Housing for Its Staff

With year-round rentals on the Island sparse, the Martha’s Vineyard Commission has begun exploring the possibility of purchasing staff housing.

Sweeping Bylaw to Regulate Rentals in Tisbury Is on Hold

Saying it had not received enough public airing, Tisbury selectmen voted last night to pull a bylaw from the town meeting warrant that would regulate rental properties in town.

Housing Lotteries Help Islanders Put Down Permanent Roots

The home ownership lottery system has made a significant dent in the housing problem on the Island by allowing at least some young families to put down roots.

High Costs, Few Options Leave Seniors with Housing Dilemma

The planned closure of Wildflower Court at the Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has shined a light on the broader need for elder living options on the Vineyard.

Selectmen Decide Against Housing Referendum

Edgartown selectmen declined to add a non-binding referendum to the ballot asking voters if they wanted Community Preservation Act funds to be earmarked for housing.