Five-Corners Property Donated

The Island Housing Trust is pleased to announce one of the island’s single largest affordable housing donations. Steve Bernier, owner of Cronig’s Market, has purchased a property at 6 Water Street in downtown Vineyard Haven, near five-corners, and donated it to the Island Housing Trust. The property is part of an important gateway to the island near the Steamship Authority ferry terminal. “The Island Housing Trust is incredibly grateful to Steve Bernier for his generous donation, and looks forward to working with the Town of Tisbury to re-use this centrally located property for needed workforce housing” said Richard Leonard, chairman of the Island Housing Trust. Property owners interested in donating land or restrictions to the Island Housing Trust, are encouraged to contact Philippe Jordi, executive director of the Island Housing Trust at 508-693-1117 or learn more at

Permanent Endowment Awards Grant

The Permanent Endowment of Martha’s Vineyard announced that the Island Housing Trust is the recipient of a grant in the amount of $1,500 from its General Discretionary Fund for the replacement of a computer and a software upgrade.  The Endowment received 25 proposals this fall totaling $125,923 in funding requests.   The Board has carefully evaluated each application and has awarded $27,550 in grants to 12 nonprofit organizations working on the Island in the fields of art and culture, education, elderly, the environment, health and human services, housing and youth.