Events

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 lreckford@haconcapecod.org

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 dbussiere@haconcapecod.org or 508-771-5400, ext. 270, to learn more about our events and sponsorship opportunities.

HAC in the News

HAC Cuts Ribbon for Curio House

Posted on Thu, Nov 18, 2010

SANDWICH — Early next year, the first residents of a neighborhood 11 years in the making will move in to an energy-efficient house built originally for a competition by college students.

Becca Wolfson and her boyfriend, Billy Traverse, were all smiles Wednesday as officials from Housing Assistance Corp. cut the ribbon on the Curio House, an 800-square-foot home built from recycled wood and featuring solar panels that will supply all of its electricity, at the Community Green.

Community Green is a 46-acre development off Victory Circle near the Sandwich Industrial Park that evolved from a controversial project once known as Dana's Fields.

Wolfson, an employee with AmeriCorps, and Traverse, a network administrator for Barnstable County, will act as caretakers for the property, said Rick Presbrey, CEO and president of Housing Assistance Corp.

In exchange for reduced rent, the couple will assure the house's systems are in working order, offer tours to prospective donors and even feed chickens expected to arrive on the property this spring, Wolfson said.

"We're excited," she said. "We're for all things sustainable."

Curio House was built by students from Tufts University and Boston Architectural College for the 2009 U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon. It was one of 19 houses built for the competition and may be the only one being used as an actual home, said Antje Danielson, administrative director of the Tufts Institute of the Environment, who helped oversee the project. "We're really happy this house has a purpose now," she said.

That was apparent in the tears of Michelle Stadelman, a student at Boston Architectural College, who was the project director. "This is kind of a dream come true to see our vision come to life," she said.

Curio House, which means "precious box," was purchased for $150,000 and delivered by flatbed truck last fall from Washington, D.C., to the Cape, where it remained in storage for a year. Last month, it was moved from Bourne to Sandwich and is almost ready for Wolfson and Traverse to move in.

The house was built not just to keep energy prices down but to make them non-existent, Presbrey said.

Solar panels on the roof generate enough electricity to power the house with some left over to sell back to the grid. The house also features five solar thermal collectors, which use sunlight to heat the water used in sinks, showers and the radiant-heat flooring. Rain water is collected from the roof and used to irrigate plants in the yard. And floor-to-ceiling windows are also strategically located to take advantage of the winter sun.

All of the features create what Presbrey calls a "dramatically energy-efficient house."

Curio House has a modern look, but its materials are basic, Stadelman said. The cabinets were made from plywood. The bed, which is just across from the kitchen area, can fold up into the wall and a bookcase rolls to turn the space into a living room.

Curio House is one of five single-family homes planned for the mixed-use development, Presbrey said. A second house, being designed by Boston Architectural College, is another energy efficient-building planned for a family of four, he said.

Presbrey said Housing Assistance Corp. continues to work on other funding sources for the overall project.

"We're going to take our time and do it right," he said.

Community Green will eventually include a community center and more than 50 one-to-three-bedroom apartments — 15 of which will be used to move "recently homeless" people into apartment living and provide them with work, Presbrey said

During his remarks to a house full of guests eager to see the Curio House, Presbrey made brief mention of the controversy that dogged the project in the beginning. In 2007, a court case was settled with neighbors who originally objected to the scope of the project, and the necessary permits were granted.

But Wednesday was a chance to celebrate with apple and pumpkin pies and pats on the back. "It does take quite a while to see affordable housing, sustainable housing come together," said Jack Delaney, president of the board of directors for Housing Assistance Corp.

"The wave of the future in the building industry is sustainable. There's no doubt about it. ... I'm glad to see Housing Assistance Corp. is leading the way."