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

Solar-powered house soaks up the Cape's sun

Posted on Thu, Dec 02, 2010

A collaborative project between Tufts and Boston Architectural College (BAC) last month unveiled the solar-powered centerpiece for a new sustainable housing development on Cape Cod.

The energy efficient home, which was originally built last year, marks the first complete living installment at the new development, Community Green in Sandwich, Mass., and will be the centerpiece of the development once it is finished, according to Colin Booth, the project manager of the Tufts-BAC group, called Team Boston.

The Curio House was designed and built by a team of Tufts and BAC students called Team Boston for the 2009 U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon.

It made its debut on Nov. 18 at Community Green, a 46-acre development project created by the Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC), a Cape Cod-based nonprofit. The organization aims to provide sustainable low- and middle-income housing that will also offer community educational programs and services to help improve the lives of residents.

AmeriCorps employee Becca Wolfson and Billy Traverse, network administrator for Barnstable County, will occupy the house and serve as the caretakers of the development.

Team Boston competed against 19 other houses in the 2009 Decathlon, which judged each house in 10 contests measuring the success of each house's solar power and design by both objective and subjective criteria.

The Decathlon is held every two years, and last year was the first time Tufts had ever participated, Associate Provost and Professor of Mechanical Engineering Vincent Manno, who partook in the project, said.

Antje Danielson, administrative director of the Tufts Institute for the Environment, cut the ribbon on the house at the unveiling event, which group members attended.

"Seeing the house actually in a development now, as kind of the core of this development and serving exactly the purpose they built it for, was, I think, a very emotional moment for them," Danielson said.

"I think the whole event was just like that," she said. "It was friends coming together to celebrate that this project has come to a really positive ending."

Other Tufts attendees included George Kosar, associate director of corporate and foundation relations at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and senior Arlin Ladue. Kosar spearheaded Tufts' fundraising for the Decathlon, while Ladue is working on a documentary about the project, according to Danielson.

Community Green will consist of 57 rental units, an agriculture program and an Enterprise Center geared toward economic development, according to its website.

Individuals in the community will be able to participate in job training in the areas of culinary arts, landscaping, green construction, organic agriculture, weatherization and clean energy, the website says.

Ben Steinberg, chair of the project's policy committee, said the team met with the cities of Boston, Medford and Somerville as well as commercial developers to discuss a location for the house.

Medford was interested in acquiring the house but lacked the funding to pay for it, according to Steinberg.

"They had the land, but they had no money to give us, and we needed to subsidize the cost of our project," Steinberg said.

The U.S. Department of Energy provides each team with $100,000, but Team Boston's total project costs reached $800,000, a typical amount, according to senior Matthew Thoms, the project's head engineering and photovoltaic consultant.

The dean of BAC, Jeff Stein, in 2009 met a representative from the HAC who expressed interest in buying the house, Danielson said.

Steinberg said the nonprofit paid $150,000 for the house. The remainder of the money came from fundraising.

Thoms said that Community Green was a good location for the house.

"We felt that Community Green was a better fit for the goals of the project in terms of trying to make the most impact on people who are going to be pushing the green movement," Thoms said.

"It's a sustainable community, and also it's a community that involves not only providing housing, but training and outreach to people who are in employment transitional situations," Manno said.

He said that Community Green had hoped to install the house in the spring but ran into permit delays.

Houses from the Solar Decathlon usually do not become private residences, Booth said.

"This is pretty unusual," he said. "As far as I know, there aren't any other houses from the 2009 Decathlon that have been sold to private owners."

Team Boston aimed to create a functioning, livable house, though this was not necessarily a requirement of the competition, Manno said.

"We knew from the beginning that we wanted to make a house that was marketable and could be sold," Thoms said.

Booth said the houses are often too expensive to be appealing to private buyers. "People typically wanted to sell them for as much as it cost to build them," he said.

Steinberg said that Team Boston emphasized affordability when designing and building the house. He said sustainability should not be limited to wealthy consumers.

"If you look at the green movement nowadays, a lot of it caters to the upper class," he said. "If we're not responsible and trying to solve problems for everyone in this world, then we really aren't doing our job."

"We couldn't be prouder for where it's going," he said, "because it really speaks to the mission of social equality and looking out for everyone."