Updated on September 8, 2021:
Please see below for a Community Home Ownership Opportunity and Covid Rental Relief.
The Housing Authority has returned to a temporary closure of the office due to the recent rise in the Island’s Covid 19 positive test results. Please continue doing what business you can over the phone (508-693-4419 for office support; 508-696-9883 for property issues), through emails (below), and by utilizing the Drop-Off and Pick-Up Boxes at our office door on Mechanic Street. Some outside appointments may be scheduled as is necessary.
The Housing Authority staff and Board of Directors appreciates your patience and looks forward with you to a speedy and safe resumption of full Island life.
Please stay well!
O’Brien Property Management: email@example.com
Community Home Ownership Opportunity (posted 8/18/21)
Now accepting applications for a 3-Bedroom Home located on 15-A Irene’s Way in Vineyard Haven for sale by owner. The Dukes County Regional Housing Authority will serve as lottery agent and assist applicants through lottery ranking, offer, and closing.
Completed Information Meeting:
August 31, 2021 at 5:30 pm, 15-A Irene’s Way in Vineyard Haven
Applications due: September 17, 2021 by 5:00 pm
The pandemic continues to affect us all in different ways. 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 one source of support for monthly rental expenses that can additionally allow financial flexibility to address other pressing household costs. Learn more on the Covid-19 Notice & Supports page
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.
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 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.