Affordable Housing Committee

Regular Meetings
  • 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month
  • Kathy Burton, Chairman
  • Peter Martell
  • Peter Bradford

  • Will Craffey
  • Jim Bishop

Housing Production Plan Community Workshop
You can still voice your needs and help determine the housing and zoning policies we'll use to create housing that people can afford.

SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday November 16 at 7pm in the Oak Bluffs School Cafeteria, for the second of three interactive, facilitated workshops that will help us develop a Housing Production Plan (HPP).

The Housing Committees, Planning Boards and Selectmen of all six towns are working to create Housing Production Plans to address the Island's housing needs. Over the course of the 3 public meetings, each town will decide how much housing it needs and where it wants to build it.  A completed HPP will help each town understand the best ways to meet its current and future housing needs while preserving town character and values.

At this workshop, we'll first review a draft vision statement based on community input at the September HPP workshop. Then we'll develop goals to achieve that vision and start designing strategies to reach the goals.

More information, Vision Statements and complete summaries of the first workshop are available at
You can participate even if you didn't attend the first meeting!

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The Oak Bluffs Affordable Housing Committee was created to work towards the Commonwealth’s goal of designating 10% of the town’s year-round housing stock for affordable housing, as defined by the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), to be counted towards the state’s Chapter 40B Subsidized Housing Inventory.

Committed to Affordable Housing

In addition, Oak Bluffs is committed to increasing the number of decent affordable housing opportunities for Island residents while preserving its unique characteristics and charm. The town also recognizes the need for a diverse housing stock in order to have a healthy and economically diverse community. This is especially critical in light of the recent history of escalating property values.

The Town looks forward to continuing its work with the other Island towns, the Dukes County Regional Housing Authority, the Martha’s Vineyard Commission, and the other Island affordable housing groups in developing a long range solution to this current critical problem.

Objectives and Goals

  • The town will work to increase the supply of safe, decent,year-round housing available to residents of low, moderate, and middle incomes.
  • The town will work to increase the supply of rental units for elderly residents.
  • The town will continue to serve as the lead community for DHCD’s Small Cities Program which assists in financing and rehabilitation of existing homes.