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, emergency shelter and apartment rehabilitation.
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 and the Island Housing Trust.