Updated on June 7, 2021:
The Housing Authority is beginning transition to a full office opening planned for July but dependent on continued improvement in local testing results. We have begun scheduling meetings at our outside table and, when necessary, in our meeting room. Most Housing Authority business continues to be done over the phone (508-693-4419 for office support; 508-696-9883 for property issues) and via email:
O’Brien Property Management: email@example.com
The pandemic has affected us all in different ways. On the Island, Covid related loss of income coupled with high rental costs can also make keeping up with other essential costs that much more difficult. The Covid Winter Rental Relief program is one source of support for monthly rental expenses that can additionally allow a household some financial flexibility to address other pressing costs. Learn more on the Covid-19 Notice & Supports page
The Dukes County Regional Housing Authority was publicly chartered in 1987 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.
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.
The Housing Authority assists with lottery of affordable homes and homesites, provides Homebuyer Education, 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 Cafe) 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, the Island Housing Trust, and Harbor Homes of Martha’s Vineyard.