MV Vision Fellow graduates from Achieving Excellence

Philippe Jordi, founding director of the Island Housing Trust, graduated from the NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University this past month. Philippe is one of forty-nine community development leaders from across the country to graduate from this prestigious 18-month executive leadership program. The program is designed to help create transformational change within organizations and communities. Through this program, Philippe helped to build the Island Housing Trust’s leadership capacity at the staff and board level and increased housing production, making Island Housing Trust the Island’s leading non-profit developer of affordable housing.

“Philippe’s successful completion of the Achieving Excellence program is a testament to his leadership and long-term commitment to creating housing solutions for our Island” said Richard Leonard, president of the board for the Island Housing Trust.

The Martha’s Vineyard Vision Fellowship generously supported Philippe’s program. The Vision Fellowship is dedicated to encouraging a healthy and vibrant Vineyard future by investing in promising individuals who demonstrate a commitment to the Island and to the ideals of sustainability. The Vision Fellowship supports people seeking to enhance their understanding of the challenges to the Island’s environment and social fabric with the goal of helping them become effective leaders in maintaining the unique nature of Martha’s Vineyard for future generations.

About NeighborWorks America
For more than 35 years, NeighborWorks America, a national, nonpartisan nonprofit, has created opportunities for people to improve their lives and strengthen their communities by providing access to homeownership and to safe and affordable rental housing. In the last five years, NeighborWorks organizations have generated more than $24.5 billion in reinvestment in these communities. NeighborWorks America is the nation’s leading trainer of community development and affordable housing professionals.

Truly Affordable – The Story of the Pinckney House

Dan Martino from Martha’s Vineyard Productions has produced a short three minute video entitled Truly Affordable – The Story of the Pinckney House describing the “deep energy retrofit” process that transformed an older Oak Bluffs house bequeathed to the Island Housing Trust by Lorraine and Napoleon Pinckney into an energy efficient, healthy, and truly affordable home. Marc Rosenbaum from South Mountain Company explains the benefits of conducting a deep energy retrofit and Farley Pedler from Farley Built describes the steps involved in bring an older under performing house into the 21st century. The video was made possible through the sponsorship of the Martha’s Vineyard Vision Fellowship, Farley Built, and South Mountain Company.

We’re Hiring!


The Island Housing Trust is seeking a dedicated, enthusiastic, community-minded individual to fill the role of Development Manager for its non-profit community land trust and community development corporation on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. This full-time position will be responsible for managing fundraising initiatives and communication campaigns to create and sustain permanently affordable housing solutions. The qualified individual should have passion, skills and/ or experience in fund development, and excellent organizational, managerial and communications skills. Experience in non-profit community development and knowledge of Martha’s Vineyard is desired.  View the full job description at: Please send a cover letter and resume to Philippe Jordi, Executive Director at:


FHLB Boston Grant Award

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston has awarded the Island Housing Trust a $390,000 grant through the Edgartown National Bank for the construction of six new energy efficient Water Street rental apartments in downtown Vineyard Haven that will serve low-income residents. 123 applicants from across the New England region competed for over $15 million in grant funding. The Island Housing Trust’s application was selected 15th out of the 32 awarded.  In addition, the Edgartown National Bank has provided the Island Housing Trust with an 18-month construction loan that will convert to a permanent loan.

This is the third year in a row that the FHLB Boston has awarded a project grant to the Island Housing Trust. Additional funding was also made possible by the Towns of West Tisbury and Tisbury’s Community Preservation Act, Charlesbank Homes, the Zeitgeist Foundation, Kuehn Charitable Foundation, and donations from individuals.

Farley Built, Inc. from West Tisbury has begun construction, and the apartments are scheduled to be completed in June of 2016.


Water Street Rendering for web

Groundbreaking at Water Street – Moved to Wednesday December 9th!

Join us for a groundbreaking ceremony at our Water Street Apartments project location!

Wednesday, December 9th at noon

The short ceremony will include a few words from Island Housing Trust Executive Director Philippe Jordi and Tisbury Selectman Tristan Israel

Located at Five Corners in Vineyard Haven, across from the Black Dog Bakery

Hot cider and donuts will be served 

For more information contact Derrill Bazzy at