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Project Timeline

May 2021

Edgartown Town Meeting Zoning Approval

July 2021

Hospital Land Purchase

May 2022

Asset Transfer Agreements

September 2022

USDA financing commitments

December 2022

Martha’s Vineyard Commission Approval

December 2022

Edgartown Wastewater Approval

March 2023

Edgartown Planning Board Approval

April 2023

Dept. of Public Health Council Approves Determination of Need (DON)

May 2023

Site Preparation Commences

September 2023

Pad-Ready Site Completed

November 2023

Receive Building Permit

January 2024

 Financing and Land Closing Completed 

October 2025

Construction Complete

October 2025

Move in/Windemere Resident Transfer

This schedule is subject to change based on the timing of government approvals



Skilled nursing care facility comprised of 70 units within five 14-bed elder care homes on 5.6 acres of a 27.5-acre site.



Fundraising Donation Needs:


Navigator Homes has raised $20.5M from land, charitable contributions, and utility investments. In addition, it has secured a USDA loan guarantee ($8.5M) and is to receive a USDA direct loan ($36.0M) for a total of $65.0M. To secure the debt financing, Navigator Homes must now raise an additional $3.0M in cash donations towards construction.

Our fundraising target is $3M. Every bit helps!

About the Project

Welcome home to Navigator Homes of Martha’s Vineyard! Licensed, skilled nursing care staff members and other staff members focus on the whole person – medical, emotional, and social needs. A disruptor in the nursing home industry, Navigator Homes, inspired by the Green House Project model, provide an environment where seniors can thrive, by eliminating the three plagues of aging: loneliness, helplessness, and boredom.

What makes this project different?

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic made it clear that the old way of caring for our elders is broken. Residents at Navigator Homes of Martha’s Vineyard will not be crammed into rooms together and forced to use shared bathrooms, cutting down on potential transmission of infectious diseases. Likewise, all workforce housing will be on-site, reducing the risk of transient carers introducing pathogens into the elder’s environment. Watch the video below to see how the Green House model is made for this moment.

What we need is a radical reinterpretation of longevity that makes elders and their needs central to our collective pursuit of happiness and well-being.

Dr. Bill Thomas

Opening in Fall, 2024, Navigator Homes of Martha’s Vineyard will house 70 people in 5 homes with 14 residents each. Each resident has a private room with bathroom. In beautiful, well-appointed, spacious communal areas, residents will share living room, kitchen, dining rooms, and other enriching and recreational spaces, both inside and outside. Outside space is a pocket park thoughtfully landscape with native species.

Who will live at Navigator Homes of Martha’s Vineyard?

All current Residents from Windemere Skilled Nursing (the only skilled nursing home on Martha’s Vineyard) will have the option to relocate/move into the new Edgartown-based, Green House inspired community. Navigator Homes of MV will encourage those who qualify for Skilled nursing care to move to the new community, including those individuals seeking short-term rehabilitation after hospitalization, as well as those seeking Long Term Care. Navigator will accept MassHealth, Medicare, and Private Pay.

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Project Snapshot

Located on 490 Vineyard Haven Road, Edgartown, MA.

Five separate residential homes totaling 55,960 SF.

The five Green House homes are clustered around a central outdoor garden area.

Each 11,192 SF home includes 14 private bedrooms and space for sitting and personal storage.

Central common area features a fireplace, sitting and gathering areas and open kitchen and family style dining.

Project will be constructed on 9 acres that is part of a larger 24-acre parcel located at 490 Edgartown Vineyard Haven Road.

The adjacent site will construct workforce housing apartments to be completed by Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, an affiliate of Mass General Brigham.

The new workforce housing will help support the employee base needed for the operations at the skilled nursing home facility.

Help us build the future of compassionate elder care

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Navigator Homes of Martha's Vineyard, Inc, is a 501c3 registered in the state of Massachusetts. The tax ID number is 84-5182763.

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Navigator Homes of Martha's Vineyard, Inc.
c/o Polly Brown, Treasurer
PO Box 1356
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568