619 Edgartown/ West Tisbury Road – Ground Breaking

The Island Housing Trust would like to invite you to a ground breaking ceremony for the 619 Edgartown Road project in West Tisbury on Thursday, October 25th from 4:30 to 5:00.  Please join us in thanking all of our partners who have helped make this project possible, and to meet our general contractor South Mountain Company from West Tisbury whose winning design and bid to construct two high performance EnergyStar certified houses was selected through a competitive process.

Directions: 619 Edgartown Road in West Tisbury  – 0.5 miles from the intersection of Old County Road on left hand side of the Edgartown/ West Tisbury Road going towards Edgartown.  You can also find the location of the property on our Google Maps at: http://g.co/maps/vkvpc

Lake Street Phase II – Ground Breaking

The Island Housing Trust would like to invite you to a ground breaking ceremony for the second phase of construction at 129 Lake Street in Vineyard Haven on Wednesday, October 17th from 4:30 to 5:00.  Please join us in thanking all of our partners who have helped make this project possible, and to meet our general contractor Farley Pedler of DrewsCove Builders from Chilmark who was selected through a competitive bid process to build these two Energy Star certified townhouses.

Directions: 129 Lake Street, Vineyard Haven – 0.4 miles from the Pine Street intersection on right hand side of Lake Street or on Google Maps at: http://g.co/maps/vkvpc

Rain Date: Thursday, October 18th.

Job Opening – Program Manager

The Island Housing Trust is seeking a dedicated, enthusiastic, community-minded individual to fill the role of Program Manager for the non-profit community land trust on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.  The Program Manager will be responsible for the promotion of permanently affordable housing and the support of homeowners through its stewardship program, as well as organizational and project fundraising.

The qualified individual should have passion, skills and/ or experience in community development, as well as fund development for non-profit organizations.   Must be a strong communicator, detail oriented, able to multitask, and collaborate with diverse constituents. Experience in affordable housing, fundraising, event planning, database management, property management, and knowledge of Martha’s Vineyard is desired.

Please download the full Program Manager – Job Description  for more details.

Please send cover letter and resume to Philippe Jordi, Executive Director at: iht@vineyard.net

Green Affordable Housing Projects Announced

The Island Housing Trust is soliciting bids from qualified contractors for the design and construction of two three-bedroom homes at 619 Edgartown Road in West Tisbury and the construction of two townhouses at 129 Lake Street in Vineyard Haven. Both projects require that contractors meet high building design and construction standards that optimize the energy efficiency and durability. These homes will be sold with affordability restrictions to low and moderate income qualified homebuyers for between $185,000 and $225,000.   Qualified contractors are encouraged to download a copy of the Request for Proposals from the Island Housing Trust’s website at https://www.ihtmv.org/rfps/ and to contact Philippe Jordi at the Island Housing Trust at (508) 693-1117 or IHT@vineyard.net with any questions.



Ribbon Cutting & Volunteer Appreciation Event

Habitat for Humanity of Martha’s Vineyard (HabitatMV) will host a ribbon-cutting and volunteer appreciation reception for its most recently completed affordable home in West Tisbury on Saturday June 23 at 4:00 p.m. The home, Habitat’s eighth on Martha’s Vineyard, will be purchased by Joe and Jennifer Fragosa and their young daughter with a land lease from the Island Housing Trust , and is located at 49 Bailey Park Rd, off Great Plains Rd (which comes off Old County Rd) in West Tisbury. The event will include a house tour and will last approximately 30 minutes with refreshments to follow. The public is warmly invited to attend rain or shine.

According to Neal A. Sullivan, Executive Director of HabitatMV, the Fragosas’ one-story, three-bedroom home was moved in two halves to Bailey Park from the State Road site of Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank, which donated the structure, foundation and moving costs. Stripping the house down to the frame and rebuilding it consumed more than 2,600 hours by 141 community volunteers, including some 600 sweat equity hours by the Fragosas and their families, as well as thousands of dollars worth of building materials and services donated by island individuals and businesses.

For the Fragosas, cutting the ribbon and thanking the volunteers means they are close to move-in. “We’re so grateful for all the help, and we’ve really enjoyed the relationships we’ve built with volunteers in the process,” said Joe Fragosa, an arborist who is the owner of Water Views Tree Service in West Tisbury. Jennifer Fragosa, who is a swim teacher, translator and home-schooling mom, added, “Right now our daughter’s play area, her school room, our living room and kitchen are all in one room. We look forward to having separate spaces for all those.”

Construction is currently underway on the second of the three HabitatMV homes slated for Bailey Park. Sullivan says he anticipates completion of 50 Bailey Park Road this year.

The third and final HabitatMV home at 45 Bailey Park is in the design phase and will begin construction after a partner family is selected this summer.