Rachel Nava Rohr
Three Island residents walked away from the Tisbury selectmen’s meeting this past week with the opportunity to buy a home close to downtown Vineyard Haven for a dramatically reduced price.
Island Housing Trust
Affordable housing
Tisbury selectmen
The Island Housing Trust and MassHousing have closed on $1.12 million in financing for the seven-unit housing development, a former bed and breakfast in Vineyard Haven.
Affordable housing
Island Housing Trust
Rental housing
Chilmark is holding the first of three community meetings on Monday, June 14 at 6 p.m. to discuss affordable housing development opportunities for the Peaked Hill Pastures property.
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Consultant John Ryan this week provided firm statistical underpinnings for what Islanders have known anecdotally for years as they watch the struggles of friends and neighbors: The housing crunch on Martha's Vineyard has become a full-blown crisis.

The Island Affordable Housing Fund hired Mr. Ryan of Development Cycles to study the Vineyard's affordable housing problem.

Officials from the Martha's Vineyard chapter of Habitat for Humanity announced this week that they have signed a purchase and sales agreement to buy two acres of land in Edgartown.

The land is located off the West Tisbury Road near Bennett Way and, if all goes as planned, the group hopes to begin constructing two houses there late this spring.

It's apt that this news comes now, since this week also marks the completion of the chapter's first house on the Island.


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.


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.