Dozens of bills aimed at increasing affordable housing statewide have been filed since the Massachusetts Legislature entered its 193rd this month, including two that would create the Martha’s Vineyard Housing Bank.


Draft housing bank legislation will reach the state legislature unaltered, after state legislators suggested altering key aspects of the draft as it remains stalled at the state level.

Chilmark, West Tisbury and Oak Bluffs became the first towns to weigh in on proposed changes to draft housing bank legislation, with all three voting not to modify the document’s structure before sending it off to the state.
With each passing day, we see more and more evidence of the fundamental change in the culture and quality of life on the Island caused by the rapid changes in the housing market.
Island housing advocates have formed a working group to redraft stalled housing bank legislation in the hopes that it can pass at the state level.

State Sen. Julian Cyr and Rep. Dylan Fernandes came before Island leaders on Monday to pitch a statewide real estate transfer tax, as political headwinds shift with the upcoming election.