Housing Assistance Corporation Blog

HAC Awarded $150,000 in Tax Credits

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Mon, Apr 25, 2016 @ 02:41 PM

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Are you thinking about donating to HAC? There’s an exciting opportunity for you to make your donation go even further while putting additional dollars in your pocket next tax season.

This opportunity, provided through the state’s Community Investment Tax Credit (CITC) program, offers incentives to individuals, businesses and foundations that donate over $1,000 to organizations like HAC.

Here’s how it works: if you donate $1,000 to HAC, you will receive $500 in tax credits that will be refunded to you in your taxes. If you donate $5,000, you would receive $2,500 back. And for a $10,000 donation, you would receive $5,000.

This credit is on top of the federal tax deduction you are allowed to deduct from your taxes.

HAC currently has just over $177,000 in tax credits - $150,000 of that was awarded to HAC last month – that are available to those looking to support our housing programs on Cape Cod and the islands.

If you are interested in learning more about the tax credit program, click this link or contact Margaret Benaka at 508-771-5400 ext. 272 or at mbenaka@haconcapecod.org

Tags: Tax Credits, donations, Community Investment Tax Credit Program

Fifth Grader Gives Back to NOAH Shelter

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Fri, Apr 22, 2016 @ 01:17 PM
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When 10-year-old Renee Monast of Wareham, was writing her Christmas letter to Santa this past December, she did something unusual. She thought of those in need.

“She didn’t put anything on there for herself,” her mother Kristine said. “She only asked for things for the needy.”

So when Christmas came, Santa delivered a bag full of practical items – toothpaste, deodorant, lotion – that homeless men and women could use. Renee then filled up plastic bags for 10 men and 10 women that she brought to the NOAH Shelter during her school vacation in February. Inside each was a handwritten note from Renee.

She called the gifts blessing bags.

Joined by her father Jeff and brother Ryan, 12, Renee handed them out to those at NOAH, but not before shelter director Greg Bar introduced her and explained what she had done.

Several NOAH guests shouted out, “thank you,” and afterwards Bar commended the fifth grader attending Hyannis’ St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School for her thoughtfulness. “You know when I was 10 or 11 it was never even in my mind to help other people,” Bar said.

Her mother said she has come to expect this type of charitableness from Renee. “She’s always been a giver,” Kristine said.

“It makes me feel good,” Renee said, as to why she does it. And because she did not have enough bags for everyone at the shelter, she promised to come back with more.

A few minutes after the Monasts had left, John, a 47-year-old homeless man staying at the shelter, marveled at Renee’s generosity. “The world needs more kids like that,” he said. “For a child to come in and want to give to the less fortunate, that is phenomenal. You don’t see that nowadays.”

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Tags: Philanthropy, NOAH Shelter, donations, blessing bags

Books Needed for HAC's Free Library

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Wed, Mar 30, 2016 @ 05:04 PM

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When HAC first moved into its offices on West Main Street in 1998, CEO Rick Presbrey’s goal was to make the reception area as inviting as possible.

Initially, staff put out toys before realizing that they would easily break, get dirty and have to be replaced. So instead, Presbrey created a library, a place where men, women and children could take a book or more to bring home.

“We decided the book thing made a lot more sense,” Presbrey said. “Our goal as an agency is to be a ‘Yes agency’ that wishes not to be judgmental and creates a welcoming place for people who come here for help.”

The library is just one example of that, a shelf stacked with books for those of all ages. “The miracle of it all is we’ve had books donated continuously through the years,” Presbrey said. “When we’re a little short people always respond.”

And so HAC is asking for people to donate once again as they have in the past. The library is in need of used books for children and adults. They can be dropped off Monday through Friday at 460 West Main Street in Hyannis, from 9 am to 4:30 pm.

Tags: Philanthropy, HAC Library, Books, donations