Housing bank

As Home Prices Rise So Does Need for a Housing Bank

In 2005, the first housing bank initiative on Martha’s Vineyard won support from all six Island towns.

Coalition Forms to Try Again for Housing Bank

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.

A Year Later, Housing Bank Campaign Goes Quiet

The visible public campaign for the housing bank is now relegated to a cohort of devoted activists in working groups.

West Tisbury Puts Housing Bank on Hold, Backs Funding for High School Track

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.

West Tisbury Joins Call to Postpone Housing Bank

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

Chilmark Sends Housing Bank Back to Drawing Board

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.

Housing Bank Campaign Shifts Up-Island

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.

Two Towns Defeat Housing Bank; One Approves

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.

Housing Bank Campaign Heats Up on All Sides

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.

Housing Bank: Key to Island's Future

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.