COVID-19 Is Impacting All of Us

These are challenging times. We’re often separated from the people we love and in many cases our work. The grocery store isn’t the place to socialize with friends like it was two weeks ago and even a walk in the park requires lots of thought and planning. There’s extra stress, worry and hand washing with less hugging, high fiving and hand shaking.

But, there are also so many more examples of courage, perseverance, determination and simple kindness.

With so much information out there it’s hard to take it all in. We thought it would be helpful to provide links to the websites of the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, the State of Massachusetts the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Families First Coronavirus Response Act. These trusted sites provide useful information and facts that can help sort through the confusion.

It’s more important than ever to remember to stay connected to each other because we know that standing together we’re always stronger. At IHT, as we continue our urgent work to end housing insecurity here at home, we’ll reach out to share important information and to update you on our progress.

In the meantime, please keep yourselves and each other safe and healthy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Vineyard Haven Harbor photo by Drew Kinsmen



We Have Good News to Share!

We recently held our first remote IHT homeownership lottery via a video conference. Six families were selected to purchase new homes on Greenwood Ave in Tisbury. It was an incredibly joyful moment in these challenging times. The smiles, cheers and excitement were just as touching as if we were all in the room together!

Here at IHT we’re using every tool we have to keep ourselves and our community safe and healthy as we all cope with the impacts of COVID-19. We’re working remotely and collaborating with our staff, board and partners via the technology we have in place.

Our plan is to continue our work that has now become even more urgent. We’re doing everything we can to move these families into their new homes over the next several months, and we remain committed to our mission to end housing insecurity here on the Island.

We’ll keep you up to date on our progress and we’ll be sure to share any good news we have.

We’re all in this together and we thank you for your tremendous support.

The IHT duplex Lake Street homes are pictured above. The Greenwood Ave duplex homes utilize the same design and construction.

Harbor Homes MV Takes a First Big Step

IHT worked with the non-profit Harbor Homes MV, as well as local clergy and towns, to purchase a property in Vineyard Haven on Tashmoo Ave. The newly renovated house will become home to 6 people who can’t meet the minimum requirements to qualify for affordable housing. Housing insecurity on the island impacts many year-round residents and the homeless are particularly vulnerable to the health and safety risks they face each day without a place to live. Please click here to read the full article in the MV Times.

photo by George Brennan

IHT Has Two 3 Bedroom Homes for Sale!

Island Housing Trust is offering two, three bedroom homes for sale to income qualified year-round island residents.

The Dukes County Regional Housing Authority is now accepting applications for this wonderful opportunity on Daggett Avenue in Vineyard Haven. Applications are due by 5:00 pm on Friday March 6, 2020.

We’re offering a site visit on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 5:00 pm and the DCRHA will be conducting a Homebuyer Information meeting at the Tisbury Senior Center at 6:00 right after the site visit.

To view the full application package, click on this link for the  299 Daggett Ave Info and Application

Six New Ownership Homes for Sale!!

We’re proud to share the good news that applications are now being accepted for 6 new IHT ownership townhomes on Greenwood Avenue in Tisbury, MA.

Completed applications are due at the Dukes County Regional Housing Authority office at 21 Mechanics Street in Vineyard Haven, MA no later than 5:00 on Friday, February 14, 2020.

Anyone interested in purchasing one of these homes should review the information you need to complete the application by clicking on the link to the Greenwood Application Package

We are very grateful to all of our supporters, partners and donors as well as the CPC’s of Tisbury, West Tisbury and Oak Bluffs who have so generously helped to make this opportunity possible for the Island’s hard working year-round friends and neighbors!