Protect affordable housing

Protect affordable housing

To the editor:

Question 2 the ballot this November 2nd would repeal our state’s main affordable housing law. We hope you will join us in voting against this reckless effort. We cannot let this important law be taken away from our seniors and working families, the very people who keep our towns and businesses going on a daily basis.

Please join us in taking a stand to protect our residents, particularly those most vulnerable in this economic recession. The affordable housing law is responsible for about 80% of all affordable homes and apartments built on Martha’s Vineyard since the early 1990’s, including homes sold by Habitat for Humanity, Good House Associates, and the Island Housing Trust; and rental apartments managed by Island Elderly Housing, Community Builders at Morgan Woods, Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribal Housing Authority, and the Dukes County Regional Housing Authority. These are high quality homes and apartments that fit into the island community and its neighborhoods, and provide home ownership and rental opportunities to hard-working families and individuals who would otherwise never be able to afford to live on the Vineyard.

We urge you to vote “no” on Question 2 in November.

Sincerely,

Jessica Burgoyne, Manager, Morgan Woods

Philippe Jordi, Executive Director, Island Housing Trust

Tony Nevin, former President, Good House Associates

Neal Sullivan, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity of Martha’s Vineyard

David Vigneault, Executive Director, Dukes County Regional Housing Authority

Ann Wallace, Executive Director, Island Elderly Housing