Housing Assistance Corporation Blog

45th Anniversary Celebrates the Past, Looks to the Future

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Thu, May 16, 2019 @ 04:39 PM

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Cape & Islands Association of REALTORS® CEO Ryan Castle (from left), HAC CEO Alisa Magnotta Galazzi, HAC Board Member Peter Freeman, Association to Preserve Cape Cod Executive Director Andrew Gottlieb, and Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce Chief of Staff Chris Adams, recipients of our Business Partner of the Year Award.

Nearly 175 people came out to celebrate Housing Assistance’s 45th anniversary earlier this month at the Cape Cinema and Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis.

Emcee Sarah Colvin kicked off the event by highlighting our agency’s past accomplishments that has included, “45 years of building hope for our families, friends and neighbors here on Cape Cod… More than 175,000 low- and moderate-income households have received housing services. More than 20,000 homeless people have been sheltered. More than 13,500 homes have received energy efficiency services. And more than 550 affordable homes have been built.”

Despite all that Housing Assistance has achieved, CEO Alisa Magnotta Galazzi acknowledged, “the housing crisis is getting worse” on Cape Cod and the Islands.

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Incoming Board Chair Peter Muise and CEO Alisa Magnotta Galazzi make a toast to Housing Assistance's future at the Cape Cod Museum of Art. 

“Housing Assistance has been an integral part in addressing the needs in our region for 45 years and we will continue to find ways to be part of the solution,” she stressed, before calling on those in attendance to do their part. “Housing is a community problem and requires a community solution.”

To that end, the event shined a spotlight on individuals and organizations that are stepping up to make a difference, including Roy Hammer and Jim Hinkle of Cummaquid. The pair, who have contributed more than $100,000 to Housing Assistance over the past 25 years, were recipients of the Lifetime Benefactor Award. In accepting the award, they spoke about the importance of giving locally.

The Human Services Partner of the Year Award went to SER-Jobs for Progress, Inc. which has been providing job support services to Housing Assistance clients since January.

The Business Partner of the Year Award went to the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, the Cape Cod & Islands Association of REALTORS® (CCIAOR), and the Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC) for partnering with Housing Assistance on Future Cape Cod. The coalition is asking towns to allocate a portion of the new short-term rental tax revenue towards the region’s long-term infrastructure needs in housing, wastewater, transportation, broadband, and competitive marketing.

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Nearly 175 people attended Housing Assistance's 45th Anniversary Celebration earlier this month. 

Following the awards ceremony, incoming Board Chair Peter Muise toasted to the agency’s future at the museum. “It’s all about what’s in front of us,” he said. “We’re in the next phase and we need all of you with us to participate in this next phase.”

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  • Become a Housing Advocate! Email advocacy@haconcapecod.org to receive updates about local housing issues and how you can help. 

 

 

Tags: CCIAOR, affordable housing, Alisa Galazzi, Housing Development, Cape Cod & Islands Associaton of Realtors, Peter Muise, Jim Hinkle, Roy Hammer, Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, Sarah Colvin, SER-Jobs, HAC 45th Anniversary, Association to Preserve Cape Cod

Housing Assistance Joins Future Cape Cod Coalition

Posted by HAC Staff on Thu, Mar 07, 2019 @ 12:11 PM

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With Cape Cod towns set to receive an influx of revenue from the state's recent adoption of the short-term rental tax, Housing Assistance Corporation has joined together with three other organizations to ensure resources are allocated to fund the region's future infrastructure needs.  

Those organizations — Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC), Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, Cape Cod & Islands Association of Realtors (CCIAOR) and Housing Assistance — have formed the Future Cape Cod Coalition. 

Together, they are asking each of the 15 towns on Cape Cod to direct at least 50% of the local option rooms excise tax to an Infrastructure and Community Investment Stabilization Fund. That fund would support housing, wastewater, broadband, transportation, and competitive marketing projects. 

The coalition has drafted a model bylaw for communities to adopt this spring. That bylaw would create a town-managed fund which will will be controlled exclusively by each town for projects it chooses at its own discretion. 

"Because of the efforts of the Cape Cod delegation, Cape Cod towns are posed to receive a once-in-a-generation revenue infusion thanks to the inclusion of short-term rentals in the new occupancy tax law," said Housing Assistance CEO Alisa Magnotta Galazzi. "We have one opportunity to ensure new revenue is used for long-agreed-upon, yet chronically underfunded infrastructure and community investment that Cape Codders need to thrive, now and into the future." 

Andrew Gottlieb, executive director of APCC, said "setting aside the new revenue before it gets absorbed into general operating budgets and before the ability to invest strategically in long-term municipal needs is lost, is critical." 

On the heels of Housing Assistance's new report, "Housing on Cape Cod: The High Cost of Doing Nothing", the Coalition pointed out the urgency that both residents and employers are facing with the housing crisis. "Businesses face a double-hit," said Cape Cod Chamber CEO Wendy Northcross. "Increasingly steeper housing costs are causing employers to pay more, passing that cost onto consumers; and year-round customers to have less disposable income to spend in the local economy.' 

"The market has not produced the type of housing our workforce needs, and we must invest in housing planning, re-zoning, and production to make that correction," Galazzi added. "Safe, attainable housing for all income levels and lifestyles is the key to our sustainability and could be the number one improvement to the health of our economy as a whole."  

SIGN THE OPEN LETTER TO LOCAL OFFICIALS

As a Cape Cod resident, you have the power to ensure your community invests in its long-term future. All you have to do is click this link, and sign the open letter asking that your local officials spend short-term rental money on long-term investments in your town. 

Visit www.FutureCapeCod.com and follow Future Cape Cod on Facebook (click here) for more info and to stay updated on our progress. 

 

Tags: Affordable Housing on Cape Cod, Housing on Cape Cod, CCIAOR, Alisa Galazzi, Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, year-round housing, Future Cape Cod, occupancy tax law, short term rental tax, infrastructure, local option rooms excise tax

Hydrangea Festival Raises Funds for Angel House

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Wed, Aug 22, 2018 @ 10:41 AM

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Marjorie Harvey and her grandson Jack.

For the third straight year, Marjorie Harvey opened up her Cotuit yard to the general public, all to raise funds for HAC’s Angel House shelter in Hyannis.

“My garden is my passion,” Harvey said last month on the first of two days when visitors could tour her yard which is rich with an assortment of colorful flowers that include hydrangeas, daisies and campanulas as well as a fairy garden. “This is a chance for me to share that passion with others.”

Since 2016, Harvey has participated in the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce’s Hydrangea Festival which is held every July and allows the public to tour stunning gardens like hers for a minimal fee. Proceeds from the tours go to support nonprofits like HAC.

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Harvey was joined by her grandson, Jack Thornton of Hanover, who helped greet visitors to her yard. Along with the garden tour, Harvey held a cocktail party for family and friends as part of her fundraising effort.

This year, Harvey raised over $2,300 that will go to Angel House, a family shelter which serves mothers overcoming addiction and their children.

Tags: fundraiser, Angel House, gardening, Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, Marjorie Harvey, Hydrangea Festival