Volunteer Coffee Hour 

The first Wednesday of the month at 10 am at Housing Assistance Corporation, 460 West Main Street, Hyannis.

Learn more about HAC and how you can get involved. This monthly coffee hour is a brief overview of what HAC does, who we serve, and what volunteer opportunities are available. Meets usually every first Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. for one hour. RSVP here!

HAC's Annual Meeting & Volunteer Recognition (Thursday, April 7)

An evening that brings HAC staff, volunteers, supporters and donors together to celebrate the previous year's accomplishments while recognizing the wonderful work being done in the community by individuals, organizations and businesses that align with HAC's mission to ensure all on Cape Cod have safe, stable and decent place to live. 

For details, contact Laura Reckford at 508-771-5400, ext. 273, or at

Housing With Love Walk (Monday, July 11 - Sunday, July 17)

Join Housing Assistance Corporation’s walk team for the 23rd Annual Housing with Love Walk, a seven-day walk spanning the length of Cape Cod. The walk benefits local non-profits, raising money and awareness for Cape Cod housing agencies. HAC will be walking as a group on Sunday, July 19. The HAC Walk Team will gather on the Falmouth Village Green at 11 a.m. to walk 3.5 miles to Woods Hole. Click the above Housing With Love Walk link to donate.

The Cape Cod Quahog Challenge (Sunday, August 7)

The Quahog Challenge is a competition to find the tastiest stuffed clam on Cape Cod. The winner gets bragging and marketing rights for The Best Stuffed Quahog on Cape Cod.

The event, started in 2015, features celebrity judges; a special guest of honor (Doug the Quahog); and live entertainment. Funds raised will go to Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC), a 42-year-old nonprofit providing housing services and solutions to Cape Cod and the Islands. 

Click here to LIKE the Quahog Challenge on Facebook!

HAC's Big Fix (Brewster, TBA Fall 2016)

A day of service aimed at making small home improvements to local veterans, seniors and the disabled. Now in its seventh year, the Big Fix has been to Barnstable, Dennis, Sandwich, Mashpee, Yarmouth and Bourne. In 2016, it comes to Brewster where we hope over 200 volunteers will come out to make a big difference in the lives of their neighbors in need.  

Shelter Cape Cod Telethon (Thursday, December 8)

The Shelter Cape Cod Telethon is a major fundraiser to support all of Housing Assistance Corporation’s shelters: The NOAH Shelter, Angel House Shelter, Carriage House Shelter, and The Village at Cataumet Shelter.

HAC Classes & Workshops 

Throughout the year, HAC offers the following classes: Rebuilding Your Credit, Homebuyer Education (for first-time homebuyers) and Home Forever (for homeowners). Click here for more information and schedules.

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Sponsorships for our events are available. Without your support, events like these would not be possible. Levels of sponsorship range from $100 to $10,000, with benefits applicable to each level. Sponsorship provides an opportunity to advertise your business and also allows you to contribute to work that stabilizes the Cape Cod economy.

Please contact Deanna Bussiere at or 508-771-5400, ext. 270, to learn more about our events and sponsorship opportunities.

HAC in the News

Charity is in the cards

Posted on Mon, Apr 26, 2010

Churches strive to help housing group

Cape Cod Times

There is a friendly but seldom-acknowledged rivalry between the congregations of two South Yarmouth churches.

And the beneficiaries are residents of the Cape who might otherwise end up homeless.

Each week after services at their respective churches, parishioners at St. Pius X Catholic Church and St. David's Episcopal Church, along with members of other churches across the Cape, can buy food certificates — plastic cards that look like your average store gift card. They can be used by purchasers to buy groceries at participating stores.

For every dollar spent on one of these food certificates, the Housing Assistance Corp. in Hyannis earns a 5 percent donation from the participating store.

"Bring it on!" said Debbie McDevitt Hayes of the competition between members of her church, St. David's, and members of St. Pius, which includes her friend David Akin.

"Whenever I get the chance, I tell Debbie that we are raising more money at our church than hers," said Akin, who like Hayes is a member of the Dennis Yarmouth Ecumenical Council for the Prevention of Homelessness.

"Did he tell you that his church is bigger than ours?" Hayes asked.

At the heart of this good-natured contest is the food certificate program that benefits the Housing Assistance Corp. Since the inception of the program in 1994, it has raised more than $1 million toward preventing homelessness on Cape Cod, according to Akin and Hayes.

Since January there have been 203,000 cards sold across the Mid-Cape, said aide Barbara Lussier. St. Pius X has sold 61,000 of the cards in that period while St. David's has sold 24,000 cards.

Lussier buys the food certificates in bulk for the Dennis Yarmouth Ecumenical Council and for the Barnstable Interfaith Council, both of which distribute them to churches and businesses for sale to the public.

"The concept is fairly simple," Lussier said. "It's like using your own credit card or ATM card. Or, you can think of it as buying a gift card for someone," Lussier said. "When my kids were in school I used to buy them and send them cards so they could buy groceries."

The food certificates can be used at a number of chain and Cape-based grocery stores. Shaw's, Stop & Shop and Roche Brothers participate, as do such local stores as Lambert's in Hyannis, Peterson's Market in Yarmouthport and the Dennis Public Market on Route 6A, just to name a few.

The complete list can be seen on the Housing Assistance Corp. website, .

Each card is purchased at face value and can be spent for the face value, Lussier said.

Card denominations start at $10 and go up to $100, she said.

Each week Lussier buys about $35,000 worth of certificates from participating stores and these are split between the two ecumenical councils. And Lussier admits she is not above instigating a little rivalry between the two councils or participating churches.

"I've been known to tell Our Lady of the Cape (Centerville) that St. Pius X is doing much better than them at selling certificates, then when I stop by South Yarmouth, I tell St. Pius X that Our Lady is way ahead," she said. "The cause is good, the little fib is forgivable, don't you think?"

To view the complete list of participating stores and locations where food certificates can be purchased, go to the Housing Assistance Corp. website,