The Island Housing Trust works closely with island towns, architects and builders when designing and building our homes and neighborhoods. Our goals are to acquire property that is close to workplaces, accessible by public transportation, within areas that have already been developed, and to use existing housing stock through renovation, repurposing and house moves whenever possible. We try to minimize impact on the land and fit our house designs into existing neighborhoods, as well as model our scattered site developments on existing neighborhoods. While affordability is a primary concern, we are also committed to Green Building Practices that lead to low maintenance and energy costs. Partnerships with the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank, a leading land conservation organization, and the Trust have also realized the benefits of Conservation Based Affordable Housing.