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Voices on the Housing Crisis

‘The Island is going to have to figure it out’

The housing situation on Martha’s Vineyard was already in crisis before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. The worldwide health crisis has made the situation with rentals and homeownership even more dire, because when families fled...

Is Aspen a model for M.V.?

One of the models affordable housing advocates on the Island have looked at is the Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority (APCHA), an affordable workforce-housing program. Deed-restricted workforce housing began in Pitkin County and Aspen in...

Suzanne Lindsay — 23 moves in nine years

My name is Suzanne Lindsay. I started modeling at 18 and then became a life coach, and I have a book out on Amazon. As a model, they tell us never to disclose your...

Ksenia Meleshko — Got a job, but housing was tough

It is really great living here, but it’s not easy. I remember right when I moved here, I didn’t even really go off-Island for the first year, because I really loved it. I came here...

Mathea Morais — A lottery winner

Mathea Morais was interviewed by Eunki Seonwoo. I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, but we summered here my whole life. We used to venture across half the country every June, and then back at...

Garri Saganenko — Knows the struggle of renters

I am a member of the Oak Bluffs affordable housing committee, where I am one of, across the Island, perhaps only a handful of renters to serve on such a committee and, likely, the...

Kevin MacDevette — Missed opportunities

After serving as an artillery officer in the Marine Corps, Captain Kevin MacDevette moved to the Vineyard. Drawn to the Island’s oyster industry, and with a long history of visiting the Island, MacDevette and...

Rick Bernard — Forced to move away

I was born and raised on the Island. I’m from Oak Bluffs, as my father was, and my grandfather. I grew up in Oak Bluffs, graduated in 1986, and right after that, I left...

Forrest Filler — Getting out of the shuffle

What prompted me to join the fire department was Tim Carroll, town administrator, who’s also on the fire department. He mentioned that the department needed people and that he thought that it might...
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