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Updated on August 3, 2022

Now available:
Healthy Aging MV’s Home Safety Modification Pilot Program
Provides safety modifications to Island homeowners age 65+ on a sliding scale basis
Contact: 508-693-7900 ext. 455     Website: www.hamv.org

Covid Rental Relief   Hand-Out    Application   English   Português  On the Island, Covid related loss of income coupled with high rental costs has made keeping up with other essential costs that much more difficult. The Covid Rental Relief program continues to be a source of support for monthly rental expenses that can additionally allow financial flexibility to address other pressing household costs.


The Dukes County Regional Housing Authority was publicly chartered in 1986 to assist the towns of Martha’s Vineyard and Gosnold with increasing  year-round housing opportunities for residents with low and moderate incomes. The Island-wide Housing Forum of 2000 resulted in several significant housing efforts including the six-town agreement to proportionately share the administrative staff costs of the Housing Authority. Fully funded by the towns since 2005, Housing Authority staff work daily with islanders seeking housing and with town, state and regional organizations developing housing units, programs and supports.

Rental Housing
The Housing Authority manages year-round rentals, administers local rental assistance and partners with other organizations that offer assistance with rent, utility costs, apartment rehabilitation, and homelessness prevention.

Home Ownership
The Housing Authority assists with lottery of affordable homes and homesites, provides Homebuyer Information, serves as an affordability monitor, and maintains an affordable Homebuyer Clearinghouse.

Assistance and Planning
The Housing Authority provides support to town housing initiatives and participates in regional advocacy and planning efforts.

The Housing Authority manages 21 Mechanic Street (off-State Road across from Little House Café) in Vineyard Haven as a clearinghouse for rental and home ownership opportunities and a locus for Islanders working together on housing issues. 21 Mechanic Street is currently home to the Housing Authority and the Island Housing Trust.