A Community Development Block Grant from the Town of Barnstable helped 10 families and 10 individuals from falling into homelessness.
The town awarded HAC the $30,000 grant in April. HAC prevention specialist Peggy Konner and housing search specialist Greg Bar helped eligible clients complete their applications.
The average amount per client was $1,500, but one single mother of three needed just $600 to help stabilize her family’s housing.
In the proposal, HAC said that “CDBG funding will be used to help clients Housing Assistance Corporation would otherwise not have the funds to help. All of the CDBG funds will be used for direct assistance (overhead already is covered through other sources) to Barnstable residents (individuals and families) earning 80 percent or less of the area median income. The very poor households earning below 50 percent or 30 percent of AMI will be given first priority.”
Here are some comments from a few of the clients helped by this grant:
Laurie: “It helped us with security and first month’s rent. We’re both working. It really helped us a lot.”, Chad: “We would have been homeless without this help.” Rosalyn (who has a 3-year-old daughter): “I hope this gives me the start I need to support myself.”
If you are interested in learning more about how prevention works, please visit www.HAConCapeCod.org or contact us at 508-771-5400.