The Permanent Endowment for Martha’s Vineyard is working with the Dukes County Regional Housing Authority (DCRHA) to provide financial relief to renters who are suddenly unable to make their payments.


Labeled the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Relief Program, the fund will be filled by donations to the Endowment, and those funds will be administered by the DCRHA.


The DCRHA cannot directly solicit money for its work from private donors, so the Endowment is working to fill that function.


The project is part of the Emergency Response Fund established by the Endowment which, in the last two weeks, has awarded around $91,000 in grants to 14 Vineyard nonprofits.


In addition to providing a streamlined method of collecting donations, the project will focus on Island renters who typically are not eligible for financial assistance.


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