April 4, 2014 Comments Off on CONTACT US
21 Mechanic Street, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
(Off State Road, directly opposite Little House Cafe and diagonally across from Cronig’s on Mechanic Street in Vineyard Haven)
Please note: As of March 20, 2020, for the foreseeable future, all Housing Authority business will be done over the phone or via email.
P.O. Box 4538
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
|Executive Director||David Vigneaultfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Admin. Coordinator||Barbara Hoffmanemail@example.com|
|Admin. Assistant||Karin Kugelfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Property Manager||O’Brien Property Mgt.||email@example.com|
June 4, 2015 Comments Off on OWNERSHIP
Affordable Home Ownership typically addresses household income up to of 80% of area median income. Island towns also designate Community Home Ownership opportunities for household incomes between 80% and 150% of area median income. Lender standards dictate income minimums so that a prospective homebuyer’s gross income generally falls between 50% and 150% of area median income to satisfy program and lender requirements. Please see current program income levels on the DOCUMENTS page.
The Housing Authority maintains a database of those households interested in affordable home buying opportunities offered on Martha’s Vineyard by towns, organizations or developers. Completion of the Homebuyer Clearinghouse Form allows the Housing Authority to contact households directly when specific opportunities become available.
The Housing Authority further assists towns and developers with the lottery of homes and homesites, provision of homebuyer training to lottery participants and service as an affordability monitor for deed restricted properties.
June 2, 2015 Comments Off on RENTAL APARTMENTS
Greenough House, Tisbury
Six one-bedroom apartments for residents who are 55 years or older in a building serviced by an elevator and ramped access. Household income maximum is 60% of area median income for four of the units and 50% for two.
45 Franklin Street, Tisbury
This building provides living quarters and support services for three individuals with developmental disabilities and a live-in aide. Please contact Seven Hills Community Services at 508-693-7917.
Lagoon Heights Houses, Oak Bluffs
These two buildings provide living quarters and rehabilitative services for eight individuals in need of mental health or addiction recovery support. Please contact Vinfen at 508-693-2003.
Sepiessa Point Apartments, West Tisbury
Two buildings with three one-bedroom, three two-bedroom and one three-bedroom apartments with three units meeting different accessibility standards. Household income maximums are 50%, 60% and 80% of area median income.
Middle Line Road Apartments, Chilmark
Three buildings with two one-bedroom, two two-bedroom and two three-bedroom apartments with the physical access of two units compliant with Universal Design precepts. Household income maximums are 80% and 100% of area median income.
Water Street Apartments, Tisbury
Six one-bedroom apartments with ramped access to three units compliant with Universally Design precepts. Household income maximums are 50% and 60% of area median income.
Scotts Grove Apartments, West Tisbury
Five buildings with three one-bedroom, three two-bedroom and three three-bedroom apartments with all physical access compliant with Universal Design precepts. Household income maximums are 30%, 50%, 60% and 80% of area median income.
May 19, 2015 Comments Off on FAQs
This Q & A is intended as a start in addressing general inquires. Please contact us directly so that we may discuss your specific situation with you.
Do you have seasonal or summer rentals?
The Housing Authority offers year-round rentals and rental assistance.
I have very low income. How can you help me?
Absent any additional subsidy you may have access to, rentals and rental assistance through the Housing Authority generally require a gross annual income of $20,000 to $77,000 depending on household size and apartment needs (2018 Income Chart). Application to the Morgan Woods Apartments in Edgartown and, depending on household definition, Island Elderly Housing or Wampanoag Tribal Housing might also be of help. Please see our Links page for contact information.
What if my only income is SSI or SSDI?
A combination of a housing voucher or local rental assistance and the right landlord may be of help with SSI or SSDI income.
I have a Section 8 Voucher. Can you help me?
Yes, as a landlord. Please complete a DCRHA application and list your subsidy under income so that we can place you on our rental wait list.
Are your wait lists for family housing open?
Our wait lists are always open but our units do not have the ongoing subsidy typical of Public Housing Authorities. Household income is important.
I am homeless. Is there a shelter on the Vineyard?
There are cold weather overnight shelter options offered and a small amount of private funding for winter-season motel vouchers for a night or two offered by Houses of Grace (508-627-5330). Additional shelters and services are available through Housing Assistance Corp and St. Josephs (508-997-3202) in Hyannis.
The home I’ve been renting has just been sold and I can’t find a rental. How can you help me?
Application to the Housing Authority, Morgan Woods or Island Elderly Housing may be of help. On-island support is otherwise limited to increasingly rarely advertised rentals and personal or social media networking.
What do you require for a down-payment with an apartment?
The Housing Authority requires the first month’s rent and a security deposit.
Do you offer one-time assistance with rent or utilities?
We can assist you with referrals to organizations that may be of help with those costs.
Where can I find legal help with my island rental situation?
Please contact South Coastal Counties Legal Services.
I am considering doing a year-round rental on my property. Who do I speak with?
Landlords have successfully used the Rental Assistance Program since 2002. Please contact the Housing Authority for more information on Rental Assistance. The Town of West Tisbury and Island Housing Trust have collaborated on an Accessory Apartment website which also includes links and good information on the planning, construction and management of individual rental apartments.
How do I find out about youth lots and resident home-sites? Currently, the focus of Vineyard affordable housing development is on badly needed year-round rentals, some “turn-key” ownership homes and the occasional “you-build” lot offer. Please see our Homebuyer Clearinghouse which is used to contact interested households when ownership opportunities arise. It may also be helpful to contact town zoning and planning administrators to inquire about any particular allowances for affordable or community home ownership opportunities. These vary widely from island town to town but may include special permits or variances for homesite subdivision, substandard lot use, multi-family clustering, etc.
April 11, 2014 Comments Off on HOMEBUYER old
The Housing Authority maintains a database of those residents interested in affordable home buying opportunities offered on Martha’s Vineyard by towns, organizations or developers. Completion of the Homebuyer Clearinghouse Form allows the Housing Authority to contact households directly when specific opportunities become available.
Affordable Home Ownership is traditionally defined by a household income maximum of 80% of the area median income limit. On the Vineyard, Community Home Ownership addresses household income maximums above 80% and up to 150% of the area median income limit. Lenders typically set practical income minimums and a prospective home buyer’s gross income generally must fall between 50% and 150% of the area median income to satisfy program and lender requirements. Please see the DOCUMENTS page for the current income chart.
April 5, 2014 Comments Off on RENTAL ASSISTANCE
Begun in 2002 to assist working islanders with high rental costs, Rental Assistance is funded annually through Community Preservation funds from the six Island towns. Residents making less than 80% of area median income and able to pay a minimum of 50% of a year-round rental may be eligible. See current income levels and application on the DOCUMENTS page.
- Monthly Rent
The federally provided Affordable Rents (80%) for Dukes County are used in determining the contract rents. The tenant’s portion of the rent is determined by household income and is paid directly to the property owners; the balance of the rent is paid to the property owners by the Housing Authority.
- Security Deposit
Property owners may require a security deposit up to the amount of one month’s rent which must be held in an interest bearing account in accordance with MGL 186. Tenants are responsible for paying any security deposit and the Housing Authority is not able to subsidize this cost.
- Tenant Screening & Selection
The Housing Authority can pre-screen eligible tenants for the property owners’ selection by processing criminal background checks, income and bank account verification. Tenant screening for suitability and final selection are the property owner’s responsibility.
- Unit Inspection
An inspection by the Housing Authority is scheduled prior to enactment of a new tenant/landlord lease-up and upon annual renewal. The landlord is responsible for satisfying any town requirements for apartment rental.
A lease is signed between the property owner and the tenant and a housing assistance contract is signed between the property owner and the Housing Authority which also provides a rental assistance addendum to the property owner. All agreements are subject to funding as voted on at Annual Town Meetings.
- Program Representatives
The Housing Authority prepares the rental assistance contract documents and remains the Landlord’s and Tenant’s contact regarding subsidy for as long as the tenancy is in effect. Annual administrative fees of $500.00 per new subsidy and $250.00 per existing subsidy assist with the costs of document preparation, apartment inspection, tenant certification and program administration.
The Application for rental assistance is on the DOCUMENTS page.
April 5, 2014 Comments Off on TENANT SELECTION OVERVIEW
APPLICATION and REVIEW PROCESS
Applications are available at the office or on the DOCUMENTS page. Housing Authority staff is happy to assist in completing and reviewing with applicant.
DCRHA WAIT LIST
DCRHA maintains an open wait list of all applicants for rental apartments or rental assistance. Applicants are responsible for updating their information to insure contact and maintain wait list position.
OVERVIEW of ELIGIBILITY and VERIFICATIONS
Applicant eligibility is determined in accordance with the Tenant Selection Plan and other requirements, dependent on the Housing Authority program. Some factors:
- Income limits vary by program and can be found on the DOCUMENTS page.
- Verifiable landlord and personal references
- Banking and credit references
- Criminal history background checks
- Household size appropriate to the apartment
- Personal interview with applicant household
- County and/or town preference may apply
- Valid U.S. Social Security numbers for all members of the household
- Prepayment of first month’s rent and security
- Applicant willing and able to enter into a lease agreement
OVERVIEW of DETERMINATION OF INELIGIBILITY
Applicant’s ineligibility is determined in accordance with the Tenant Selection Plan and other requirements, dependent on the Housing Authority program. Some factors:
- Applicant does not meet eligibility and screening requirements
- Rent would exceed 30-40% of applicant’s gross total annual income
- Incomplete or unreadable application information
- False or unsubstantiated information
Copies of the Tenant Selection Plan are available from the Housing Authority.
April 4, 2014 Comments Off on LINKS
FIRST STOP MARTHA’S VINEYARD
Comprehensive listing of community resources for island residents.
RENTALS and RENTAL ASSISTANCE
Dukes County Regional Housing Authority
The Housing Authority assists residents of the six Island towns through rentals, rental assistance and ownership opportunities, as well as town and Island-wide planning and assistance. Please see menu on the left for more information.
The Community Builders (TCB)
TCB manages the Morgan Woods Apartments in Edgartown, a mixed income rental property developed by the Town of Edgartown to address the needs of low and moderate income households including offering a number of federally subsidized units.
Contact: 508-939-8564 Website: morganwoodsapts.com
Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribal Housing Authority
Provides federally subsidized rental housing to tribal members and is developing Elderly Housing and Mutual Help ownership opportunities.
Contact: 508-645-02711 Website: wampanoagtribe.net
Island Housing Trust (IHT)
Non-profit community land trust developer serving income-eligible Island residents through the development of ownership and rental housing and the stewardship of affordable housing restrictions through long-term ground leases.
Contact: 508-693-1117 Website: www.ihtmv.org
Habitat for Humanity of Martha’s Vineyard (HFHMV)
Habitat utilizes volunteer labor and donation of materials and money to build and rehabilitate simple, decent and affordable owner occupied housing.
Contact: 508-939-4573 Website: www.habitatmv.org
SENIOR HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES
Island Elderly Housing (IEH)
Provides federally subsidized rental housing to income-qualified seniors and individuals with disabilities at Aidylberg, Hillside, Woodside and Love House apartments.
Contact: 508-693-5880 Website: www.iehmv.org
Private non-profit provider of rental apartments for Island elders.
Contact: 508-693-2280 Website: havenside.org
Henrietta Brewer House
Provides Assisted Living services and housing for seniors.
Contact: 508-693-4500 Website: henriettabrewerhouse.com
Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Provides beds for seniors and residents with Alzheimer’s.
Contact: 508-696-6465 Website: windemeremv.org
First Stop listing of temporary shelter and support.
STATEWIDE RENTAL HOUSING DIRECTORY
Provides listings of vacancies in affordable/subsidized housing.
STATE SUBSIDIES/ASSISTANCE: HOUSING and OTHER
Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC)
Hyannis based administrator of a full range of housing programs including Section 8 vouchers, emergency shelter supports and foreclosure prevention services.
Contact: 508-771-5400 Website: haconcapecod.org
Community Action Committee of Cape Cod & Islands (CACCI)
CACCI provides assistance with foreclosure prevention, self-sufficiency programing and Safe Harbor supports for victims of domestic violence.
Contact: 508-693-6133 / 800-845-1999 Website: www.cacci.cc
HOME REHAB AND REPAIRS
The Resource Inc. (TRI)
TRI supports Island homeowners with home repairs and rehabilitation through a federally-funded Regional Housing Rehabilitation Program sponsored by Oak Bluffs and Edgartown.
Contact: 508-696-3285 Website: theresource.org
Provides housing supports to adults in recovery.
Contact: 508-693-8580 Website: www.vineyardhouse.org
Harbor Homes of Martha’s Vineyard
Provides housing and life skills education to low income residents to prevent homelessness and assist their progress toward greater self-sufficiency.
Contact: 978-273-0533 Website: https://www.harborhomesmv.com/
Seven Hills Community Services
Provides residential services for adults with developmental disabilities.
Contact: 508-693-7917 Website: sevenhills.org
Community Systems Inc.
Provides residential services for adults with developmental disabilities.
Contact: 508-696-7813 Website: www.communitysystems.org
Provides residential services for adults with chronic mental illness.
Contact: 508-693-2003 Website: Vinfen
REGIONAL PLANNING AGENCY
Martha’s Vineyard Commission
Provides Economic Development and Affordable Housing Planning.
Contact: 508-693-3453 x13 Website: mvcommision.org
LEGAL SERVICES: HOUSING, ELDER LAW and OTHER
South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc.
SCCLS is a non-profit corporation which provides free civil legal services to low-income and elderly residents.
Contact: 800-244-9023 Website: www.sccls.org
TOWN HOUSING COMMITTEES
Aquinnah: 508-645-2304 Aquinnah Link
Chilmark: 508-645-2100 Chilmark Link
Edgartown: 508-627-6178 Edgartown Link
Oak Bluffs: 508-693-3554 Oak Bluffs Link
Tisbury: 508-696-4200 Tisbury Link