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Picture Perfect Falmouth Home

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Thu, Mar 07, 2019 @ 12:30 PM

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This 2-bedroom, 1-bath ranch located at 338 Sam Turner Road in East Falmouth, is a homebuyer’s dream with recent renovations that include a finished lower level. It also has central air.

Priced at $180,540, the home comes with an affordable deed restriction. Eligible applicants must be first-time homebuyers who make at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) and have no more than $75,000 in household assets.

To download an application for this home or to view more homes for sale on Cape Cod, visit www.CapeCommunityRealEstate.org or contact Gael Kelleher, our Director of Real Estate, at ccre@haconcapecod.org or 508-771-5400, ext. 284. 

Tags: Gael Kelleher, Cape Community Real Estate, affordable housing, Falmouth, real estate listings, affordable homeownership, first-time homebuyer

Affordable Condo Available in Orleans

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Tue, Feb 12, 2019 @ 12:31 PM

18 West Road Orleans (February 2019)

A 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom first-floor condo is available at Wise Living, a senior living facility in Orleans.

Located at 18 West Road, the affordable unit is being offered for $147,000 and includes a monthly condo fee of $717 which covers utilities, central air, covered parking, and 24-hour security. The facility has a number of guest amenities including a dining area, library, solarium, kitchen, activity area, and exercise room. Dining options are available for an additional fee.

The property must serve as the homeowner’s primary residence.

Eligible applicants must be 62 or older with a household income of 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) which is equivalent to $48,300 for an individual and $55,200 for a couple. Applicants must also have no more than $275,000 in household assets.

The unit comes with an affordable deed restriction.

Those interested in learning more about the property should contact Housing Assistance Corporation’s Director of Cape Community Real Estate at 508-771-5400, ext. 284 or gkelleher@haconcapecod.org, or visit www.capecommunityrealestate.org for an application.

Tags: Senior Housing, Gael Kelleher, Cape Community Real Estate, Nonprofit Real Estate, real estate listings, seniors, Orleans

Donor Spotlight: Michael and Area Princi

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Fri, Jan 25, 2019 @ 05:09 PM

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Michael and Area Princi at HAC's Annual Meeting in 2017. The pair have been longtime supporters of our work, organizing a Gift Basket Party for clients in shelter during the holiday season. 

This year, HAC is celebrating its 45th anniversary and for 41 of those years, Michael Princi of Marstons Mills has supported the agency in its work to ensure all on Cape Cod and the Islands have access to safe, secure housing. 

An attorney and senior partner in the law firm of Wynn & Wynn in Hyannis, Princi’s initial involvement with HAC was focused on his profession. “I started to do some legal work, most of it on a pro bono basis,” he said.

Princi assisted HAC in large ways by helping move housing development projects forward through the legal process and in smaller, day-to-day matters, including internal, regulatory, landlord-tenant, and lease issues.

For Michael and his wife Area, giving back to HAC is rooted in their identity and has extended to serving meals to the homeless and collecting gifts for homeless families during the holidays.

Their efforts are tied to the belief that everyone deserves a home. “In order for people to move forward in their lives, the most important thing we can give them is a roof over their head,” Michael said. “Many people on the Cape did not have that available to them before Housing Assistance came along.”

That basic concept, he said, was something that “I identified with, in terms of wanting to give my time and efforts to.”

While housing is HAC’s primary goal, Michael noted that over the years its work has expanded to empowering families and individuals through such programs as its financial literacy classes which help clients maintain their housing through budgeting and improving their credit.

As HAC’s services have grown in size and scope, Michael is proud to have been affiliated with an agency that has helped so many over the years. “I feel like I’ve been part of the fabric, I’ve been with HAC so long,” he said. “A number of people and companies have been so supportive of HAC because they genuinely feel what Housing Assistance Corporation does is of tremendous importance to our community.”

Why We Give: Michael and Area Princi

At the beginning of last month, Michael and Area Princi organized their 28th Annual Holiday Gift Basket Drive, collecting presents that went to 50 families in HAC’s four family shelters – Angel House in Hyannis; Carriage House in Falmouth; Scattered Sites in Hyannis; and the Village at Cataumet in Bourne.

It’s a tradition that began with Michael and his first wife who passed away shortly after establishing the event. “The boys and I wanted to continue that tradition very much in memory of her,” said Michael. “When I remarried two years later, Area and her family blended into mine and we’ve expanded on it and continued it together for the past 26 years.”

With their children, Patrick, Peter, and Brendan, the Princis have been able to build a holiday drive that went beyond the confines of their home and now extends to their family, friends, and colleagues. “At the highest point, we did about 70 families and a number of homeless individuals,” Michael said.

While participation ebbs and flows, Michael said, “every year we manage to get 45 to 50 families allocated out so they all get Christmas baskets.”

Admittedly, it is a lot of work to organize the annual event, requiring the help of HAC staff as well as Michael’s legal assistant, Aimee Uhlman.

All of that effort is worth it for the Princis as they know those receiving gifts would have little to nothing to open on Christmas morning. “We play Santa for people who otherwise don’t have much or anything at all under their trees,” Michael said. “For many of the people who participate, the idea of anonymous giving is important to them… They are doing it truly out of the kindness of their hearts because they know there is a need and they are fulfilling that need.”

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Tags: Family Shelter, Michael Princi, Holiday Drive, shelter, Area Princi, charitable giving, holiday giving

Foreclosure Counseling Stabilizes Households on Cape Cod

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Mon, Jan 07, 2019 @ 11:11 AM

 

Heidi and Betsie Foreclosure (January 2019)

Among the services that HAC Housing Counselors Heidi Archibald (left) and Betsie Rumbaugh provide is foreclosure counseling to homeowners on Cape Cod and the Islands. 

Over the past 21 years, HAC has helped countless families and individuals stay in their homes through foreclosure counseling. HAC is the only agency certified by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to offer this service to residents on Cape Cod and the Islands.

“I think it helps stabilize families and keeps their kids in the same school district which provides regularity and stability for children,” said Cassi Danzl, HAC’s Director of Family and Individuals Services. “For older, elderly populations, it allows them to age in their homes where people are typically on a fixed income and can’t afford the rents here.”

HAC currently has two housing counselors – Heidi Archibald and Betsie Rumbaugh – who offer one-on-one counseling for homeowners at risk of foreclosure. Cheryl Codair, HAC’s Director of Education and Engagement, provides group-based support through the agency’s financial literacy classes which include pre- and post-purchase workshops.

Since November 1, HAC has fielded 24 phone calls from homeowners seeking information about foreclosure counseling.

The process, Rumbaugh said, can be overwhelming. “I’ve had people walk in and they are very stressed and afraid about the future,” she said. “They are starting to become aware of the housing issue on Cape Cod and how difficult it is to find an alternative place to live if they lose their home.”

Counseling is aimed at building trust and providing solutions to addressing a household’s current financial situation. “We guide them to pick up the pieces so they can move forward,” Rumbaugh said.

Archibald said the sooner a homeowner can come to HAC, the better. HAC has several internal programs that can support clients, including offering one-time financial assistance to those who may have fallen behind on their mortgage payments due to unforeseen circumstances such as loss of a job, illness, or divorce.

Despite the emotional nature related to foreclosures, both Archibald and Rumbaugh said they enjoyed being able to help clients stabilize their housing. “I love working with the community and contributing to helping people stay in their homes,” Rumbaugh said. “I think the fact that there is such a shortage of housing available on Cape Cod makes housing counseling very important to the community.”

HAC's Foreclosure Counseling 

Those in need of foreclosure counseling, should contact Betsie Rumbaugh at either brumbaugh@haconcapecod.org or 508-771-5400, ext. 285.

Tags: HCEC, Foreclosure, housing consumer education, Cassi Danzl, Betsie Rumbaugh, foreclosure prevention, Cheryl Codair, Heidi Archibald, housing counselors

Donor Spotlight: Margaret Hogan and Tony Rhodes

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Fri, Jan 04, 2019 @ 05:02 PM

 

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Dr. William "Tony" Rhodes and Margaret Hogan have been longtime supporters of HAC, understanding the importance a home can have on one's health.  

Though he was never homeless, there was a time during Dr. William “Tony” Rhodes’ childhood when he experienced what it meant to be poor.

“I lived in pretty low-income housing because my parents had gotten divorced,” he said. “It was just survival and there wasn’t any money for anything frivolous. You were lucky to get a new shirt or something like that every once in a while. It gave me an appreciation that you can have the best world and all of the sudden” it can change.

That lesson has stayed with Dr. Rhodes, who has lived in Brewster with his wife Margaret Hogan for nearly 33 years. Because of his experiences as a child, the couple have supported HAC’s work for nearly a decade.

The pair were introduced to the agency through Dr. Rhodes’ practice, Brewster Medical Associates, which served some patients who happened to be clients of HAC.

Though the pair are now retired – Margaret worked as a nurse with her husband before assuming the role of a full-time grandmother – they are still committed to helping those in need as HAC donors.

“I’ve been very fortunate to be successful in my life and I think we owe society a debt to help folks who can’t help themselves or just to help folks who are not as fortunate,” Dr. Rhodes said.

Margaret agreed, saying there is a reward one gets from giving to agencies like HAC which are focused on making an impact at the local level. “When you do something like get involved with your agency, you feel like you’re benefitting people you might know,” she said.

For Dr. Rhodes, who served as a police officer before he pursued a career in medicine, there was a parallel between his work and the services HAC provides – it is all about helping others. “You were dealing with people,” he said. “The skills I learned as a police officer in seeing problems, as a doctor now I could do things about those problems… I put 32 years into doing that, but it was worth every minute.”

Why We Give: Margaret Hogan and Tony Rhodes

With their medical backgrounds, Dr. William “Tony” Rhodes and Margaret Hogan know the importance housing has on one’s health and well-being.

“What helps is stabilizing someone’s living situation so they have an incentive to take care of themselves,” said Dr. Rhodes. “That is where Housing Assistance Corporation comes in. It doesn’t have to be all people who are homeless. It can be people who get depressed or anxious or whatever. Because their situation is out of control, I think what HAC does is stabilize their environment so at least they can get their hands on the edge of the pool.”

With programs that include operating four family shelters, preventing families and individuals from becoming homeless, conducting energy audits on low-income households to reduce their utility costs, and conducting workshops to enable first-time homebuyers to purchase a home on Cape Cod, HAC supports those of all income levels in our region.

When asked which of these programs is most vital to the region, Dr. Rhodes said, “there is a role for everything you do… from people who are homeless to families trying to get into housing at a lower rent, these are all things that are so important.”

Tags: charitable giving, HAC donors, Donor Spotlight, Brewster, giving back, health care, Tony Rhodes, Margaret Hogan, Brewster Medical Associates

New Affordable Home for Sale

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Fri, Jan 04, 2019 @ 02:11 PM

 

Deer Pond Photo (January 2019)

Are you a first-time homebuyer seeking to become a homeowner on Cape Cod? Applications are currently available for a new 3-bedroom, 2-bath single-family home that Falmouth Housing Trust is building at 72 Deer Pond Road in East Falmouth.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for someone to establish their roots in a great neighborhood," said Falmouth Housing Trust Executive Director Karen Bissonnette. "With the high price of homes, this project will keep a member of our region's workforce here in Falmouth which is vital to maintaining a vibrant community."

HAC is overseeing the lottery application process for the 1,600-square-foot home which is priced at $195,000 and comes with an affordable housing deed restriction. Eligible applicants must be first-time homebuyers, with certain exceptions; earn no more than 80 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI) for Barnstable County; and have no more than $75,000 in household assets.

Lottery applications are available online (click here) and in-person at HAC's office at 460 West Main Street in Hyannis; Falmouth Housing Trust's office at 200 Main Street, Suite 212; Falmouth Town Hall; and the Falmouth Public Library.

The deadline to return applications to HAC is Friday, January 18 at 5 pm.

Those with questions can contact HAC Director of Real Estate Gael Kelleher at 508-771-5400, ext. 284 or ccre@haconcapecod.org.

More Homes for Sale

Visit www.CapeCommunityRealEstate.org for a full listing of real estate offerings and upcoming lotteries on Cape Cod. 

Tags: Affordable Housing on Cape Cod, Gael Kelleher, Cape Community Real Estate, affordable housing, Falmouth, real estate listings, homes for sale, affordable homeownership, Falmouth Housing Trust, Karen Bissonnette

Secure Jobs Initiative Now Offered at HAC's Office

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Wed, Jan 02, 2019 @ 03:10 PM

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Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC), and SER-Jobs for Progress, Inc. (SER-Jobs) are pleased to announced a partnership that will locate Secure Jobs Initiative services within Housing Assistance offices at 460 West Main Street, Hyannis.

“People in housing crisis who are homeless or living just one or two paychecks away from disaster really struggle with issues of transportation as they work to stabilize their work and family living situation. Locating our services at Housing Assistance will make it much easier for clients in housing crisis to participate in the classes and services they need to land a job and build self-sufficiency,” said Maria Ferreira-Bedard, Executive Director of SER-Jobs.

The Secure Jobs Initiative is funded by the Department of Transitional Assistance and has as its overarching goal to help clients get on the path to self-sufficiency and ensure they have work that enables them to afford market rate housing for their families. Eligible families are referred to the program by their case manager or a program manager familiar with the clients and must be receiving Emergency Assistance, RAFT (Residential Assistance for Families in Transition), or HomeBASE benefits.

“The Secure Jobs program offers critical support for formerly homeless people in terms of training, resume writing, job search, transportation coordination, child care assistance, and even work clothes—all of which are necessary for clients to rebuild their lives so they can support themselves and their families,” said Alisa Magnotta Galazzi, CEO of Housing Assistance Corporation.

Housing Assistance is excited to be able to connect its clients with Secure Jobs programs in Hyannis. In the last year, Housing Assistance prevented more than 1,000 people becoming homeless through its family shelters, prevention and outreach programs, and it helped stabilize more than 2,600 people through housing vouchers, family self-sufficiency programs, weatherization and affordable housing development.

The Secure Jobs Initiative program is scheduled to begin providing services on Cape Cod on January 14. To make referrals or for more information, please contact program coordinator, Lubelia Raposo, at 508-676-1916.

Tags: homelessness, homelessness prevention, Alisa Galazzi, housing crisis, job training, Maria Ferreira-Bedard, SER-Jobs, Secure Jobs Initiative

Osterville Club Donates Sneakers to Angel House Clients

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Wed, Dec 26, 2018 @ 02:25 PM

 

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Angel House clients show off their new sneakers, donated to them by the Osterville Men's Club. 

In the late spring, several of the mothers at HAC’s Angel House shelter in Hyannis set out on a short walk.

And with that, the Angel House Running Club was formed.

It marked the first steps towards improving their health, and another step in their process of recovery and becoming the parent and person they want to be.

Initially, progress was slow. “The first couple of times people were walking in sandals and flip-flops,” said Angel House Facility Director Lin Rohr.

Today, the club meets twice a week, every Tuesday and Friday, gathering for a morning run that can be anywhere from 1.5 to 3 miles long. After the runs, one of the mothers said, “I feel energized and motivated.”

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Recently, the group received a boost from the Osterville Men’s Club which donated 13 new pairs of sneakers to the mothers at the shelter. The women were fitted for the sneakers by Kevin Petrovek, owner of Hanlon Shoes in Hyannis, which provided the shoes at cost.

"I know these ladies need mental and physical help so it was a win-win situation for us," said Petrovek. "If you get into that mode when you regularly exercise, you start feeling good... That's what we're all about here." 

The sneaker donation is just the latest example of the Osterville Men’s Club giving back to the HAC shelter which assists mothers in recovery and their children. “They have 200 people cheering them on,” said Paul Ruane of his fellow Osterville club members and their ongoing support of the shelter’s clients.

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Tags: Angel House, Physical Fitness, Lin Rohr, Osterville Men's Club, Hanlon Shoes, Kevin Petrovek, running

Starbucks Gives Back

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Wed, Dec 12, 2018 @ 12:07 PM

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Josh Leonard (left) and Dillon Probert of the Mashpee Starbucks which is collecting donations for the Stuff A Stocking Holiday Drive along with the Hyannis Starbucks. 

In advance of Thanksgiving, staff at the Mashpee Starbucks organized a drive, collecting toiletries and baby items for HAC families who were formerly homeless.

The drive is just the latest example of how the coffee shop has helped support our clients most in need over the years. “We like to give back to the community,” Starbucks Shift Manager Dillon Probert said.

Now the store, as well as the Hyannis Starbucks, is encouraging customers to help stuff stockings for teens who are homeless or at risk of homelessness by donating a range of items, including hair products; bath and baby products; toothbrushes; deodorant; sports water bottles; candy or other wrapped treats; socks; shaving kits; cards or small games; nail polish; nail care items; ChapStick; and other similar, small items.

Donations can be dropped off at either the Mashpee or Hyannis locations through Monday, December 17.

Tags: homelessness, Holiday Drive, charitable giving, holiday giving, Starbucks, Stuff A Stocking, homeless teens

Catherine Baker Joins HAC Staff

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Wed, Dec 05, 2018 @ 11:14 AM

 

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This week, HAC welcomed former Board Member Catherine Baker to its staff, helping to bolster the agency's development efforts to increase donor engagement. 

Baker, who lives in Cotuit, will serve as HAC's Assistant Director of Development, supporting the nonprofit in achieving its fundraising goals, "As a past board member, I'm thrilled to join the HAC team," she said. "I truly look forward to meeting our donors and engaging our community in the organization's multifaceted programs and services." 

She comes to HAC with a breadth of experience in the nonprofit sector of Cape Cod. Most recently, she was the Donor and Community Relations Manager at the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance. Prior to that, she worked at Cape Cod Academy, Cape Cod Young Professionals (CCYP), and the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod. 

"Catherine brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for the work we do to her position at HAC," said Chief Development Officer Anne Van Vleck. "Both will play a critical role in communicating the impact of our agency to current and prospective donors and supporters." 

At HAC's Annual Dinner in May, Baker joined its Board of Directors and in that capacity helped chair the agency's Big Fix in Harwich in September. In accepting her new position at HAC, Baker resigned from the board. 

A 2009 graduate of Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School, Baker received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Endicott College in Beverly, in 2013. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Community Leadership Institute (CLI) of Cape Cod as well as the Philanthropy Day Marketing Committee. In June, Baker was the recipient of a 40 Under 40 Award from Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine. 

Tags: Fundraising, Big Fix, 40 Under 40, HAC staff, Anne Van Vleck, Annual Dinner, Harwich Big Fix, Catherine Baker, development