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 select board
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
Maia Coleman
The Oak Bluffs select board voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a request for proposals (RFP) for a multi-unit affordable housing development along the Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road.
Oak Bluffs select board
Affordable 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.
Affordable housing


When leaders of the Island Affordable Housing Fund (IAHF) say they'll be collecting $14 million within five years, it's clear there's no room for negotiation.

"There's a lot to be done," John Abrams, chairman of the young non-profit's board, said flatly.

NANTUCKET - Walter Beinecke's name is spoken with a sense of awe and an undercurrent of resentment. He's the fellow, people here will tell you, who in the 1960s awoke this sleepy little island. He's the entrepreneur, who, owning much of Nantucket's downtown and practically all of the working harborfront - jammed with more fishing vessels than tourists in those days, did the math. He figured the place could benefit more from 100 people spending $100 each than 1,000 people buying a $10 T-shirt.


It's the story of one Island family's refusal to gouge another year-round family struggling to find a home in an expensive real estate market. It's the story of a real estate broker determined to find the perfect buyer - a moderate-income Island family desperate to buy their own home after a decade of shuffling from one inadequate rental to another.

For once, it's an affordable housing story with a happy ending.

MVC Power of Review on Housing Projects Upheld in Key Ruling by State Land Court

Gazette Senior Writer

In a groundbreaking decision that affects every town on the Vineyard, the chief justice of the Massachusetts Land Court ruled last week that the Martha's Vineyard Commission has full power of review over low and moderate income housing projects under Chapter 40B, a section of state law commonly known as the anti-snob zoning statute.

The chief justice of the Massachusetts Land Court heard arguments this week in a groundbreaking case that will ultimately decide whether the Martha's Vineyard Commission has the power to review low and moderate-income housing projects under Chapter 40B, a section of state law commonly known as the anti-snob zoning statute.


Housing Crisis Spurs Initiatives

Grim Housing Needs Assessment Underscores Important Search to Ease Lack of Affordable Shelter on the Vineyard


Twenty-eight million dollars.

It's less than five per cent of the $6 billion Vineyard housing market. It's only $6 million more than the recent $22 million sale of the former Sharpe house in Edgartown. It's but a $233 contribution from each seasonal and year-round resident.