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Jenny Way Affordable Housing community by esfdla
November 2, 2010, 2:33 pm
Filed under: Martha's Vineyard 2010

Affordable housing projects on Martha’s Vineyard are crucial for maintaining a vibrant, year-round community.  Jenny Way is a pocket neighborhood consisting of nine “forever affordable” houses in Edgartown built in 2008.  The Jenny Way community in Massachusetts was the first affordable housing project ever to achieve LEED platinum certification, the highest standard for Leadership in Environmental Design awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council.  As evident in the sketch above, there are two entrance points at which residents park their vehicles.  This results in a solid pedestrian core that celebrates community interaction, not the automobile.  The Island Affordable Housing Fund and the Island Affordable Housing Trust work together with potential buyers to ensure they are with a local bank and take proactive steps to prevent homes from going into foreclosure.  Arguably the most successful aspect of this project is that the blending of the affordable housing pocket neighborhood into the fabric of the existing community.  Residents are in walking distance to elements of the community, instead of isolated on the outskirts of town.

In today’s real estate market on island, there is nothing a median-income renter can buy on the Island. Even a year-round family earning $66,100 would find nothing to purchase without the equity from an existing home.  Listed below are the profiles of young families and individuals living in affordable housing projects in Edgartown.

  • small business owner & town employee with pre-school age student
  • interior decorator & craftsman
  • office manager with two high school age students
  • office manager for island non-profit
  • landscaper & cabinet builder with pre -school age student
  • restaurant manager
  • carpenter & yoga instructor



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