Housing Assistance Corporation Blog

Century 21 Office Donates Holiday Meals

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Fri, Dec 22, 2017 @ 01:07 PM
Thanksgiving Realtors-1.jpgCentury 21 North Shore Cape Cod Realtor Joanne Stephenson (second from right) with HAC Volunteer Coordinator Mary Everett-Patriquin, Event Coordinator Deanna Bussiere, and Family Self-Sufficiency Coordinator Jan Nelson. 

With a number of HAC clients, the ability to have the Thanksgiving they want, let alone the one they need, is difficult. But thanks to the generosity of Century 21 North Shore Cape Cod, HAC was able to provide 14 of them with a basket full of food – potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, vegetables, and more – so they could have the Thanksgiving they deserve. 


“We thought this would be a great way as we enter the holiday season to give back to the community and those less fortunate than ourselves,” said Realtor Joanne Stephenson, who dropped off the donations last month.

About a dozen of her colleagues participated in the drive which also included giving another 10 baskets to Cape Cod veterans in need. The ones donated to HAC went to clients receiving Project Prevention, HomeBASE and Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) funding, which provide assistance to families and individuals experiencing a housing crisis.

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Tags: Project Prevention, HomeBASE, holiday giving, RAFT, Residential Assistance For Families in Transition, Thanksgiving, Century 21 North Shore Cape Cod

HAC Stresses Need for State Funding of Vital Programs

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Wed, Apr 26, 2017 @ 01:26 PM
RHN Edited Photo.jpgHAC's Cassi Danzl (from left), Liz Belcher, CEO Alisa Galazzi and Laura Reckford with State Representative Will Crocker. 

HAC’s leadership visited the State House last month, pushing for funding of programs that help those most in need on Cape Cod and the Islands.

The HAC contingent was there as part of the annual Regional Housing Network (RHN) of Massachusetts’ legislative briefing, a day that gives member agencies of the housing network an opportunity to meet with their legislative delegation to discuss the needs and priorities of those they serve.

HAC CEO Alisa Galazzi was joined by her colleagues Cassi Danzl, Liz Belcher, Laura Reckford and Noah Hoffenberg, in driving up to Boston, where they were able to meet with State Representatives Will Crocker (R-Centerville) and Dylan Fernandes (D-Woods Hole) as well as State Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro) in offering their insights into the housing needs of those on Cape Cod and the Islands.

The group urged continued support of the Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) and HomeBASE programs, which provide assistance to those experiencing a housing crisis. Last year, HAC was able to serve 279 families and 134 individuals who were in crisis and in danger of becoming homeless.

HAC staffers also placed an emphasis on funding Housing Consumer Education Centers (HCEC). HAC is one of nine HCECs throughout Massachusetts that conducts intake, housing search, foreclosure and reverse mortgage counseling, and financial literacy workshops for low- and middle-income residents in the region. In 2016, HAC’s HCEC served more than 3,700 people.

Last month’s meetings took place as the state House and Senate begin deliberations over Governor Charles D. Baker’s proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget.

Tags: HCEC, HomeBASE, Regional Housing Network of Massachusetts, housing consumer education, Alisa Galazzi, RAFT, Residential Assistance For Families in Transition