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

HAC gets approval to build 27 affordable units in Dennis

Posted on Thu, Dec 16, 2010

Link to article on

SOUTH DENNIS — The Housing Assistance Corporation will construct a $6.4-million affordable housing complex on the Melpet Farm property on Route 134 in South Dennis.

Dennis selectmen awarded the bid Tuesday night (Dec. 14) for a 27-unit, 52-bedroom development, including eight residential buildings and a community center to HAC, the Hyannis-based non-profit that has been providing housing assistance on the Cape for 35 years.

Of the 27 units, 85 percent will be affordable to households earning at or below 60 percent of area median income, which is $75,000 on the Mid-Cape. Fifteen percent will be affordable to households earning at or below 50 percent of area median income.

On behalf of the Dennis Municipal Housing Trust, consultant Alice Boyd of Bailey Boyd Associates recommended awarding the bid to HAC, to which selectmen unanimously agreed. The town will enter a long-term lease with HAC, which will be responsible for constructing the project and its ongoing management.

Karam Financial Group and The Resource Inc. also submitted bids for the project. Karam’s 28-unit/52-bedroom proposal carried a total cost of $8.8 million, and TRI offered a $6.8 million, 26-unit/52-bedroom proposal.

The Melpet redevelopment will also include an agricultural component to be discussed early in the new year.

Project particulars

“HAC’s vision is a community where everyone has a safe, stable and decent place to live,” said Gisele Gauthier, director of housing development. “We have been working toward this vision for 35 years and look forward to the opportunity to do what we do best in the town of Dennis.”

Architect Chris Raber of Brown, Lindquist, Fenuccio and Raber Architects has designed three distinct yet compatible building types that are consistent with the South Dennis neighborhood. Each two-story, wood-framed building will incorporate a passive solar design. Each contains one unit equipped for handicapped and or hearing or visually impaired tenants.

“We left as much open space as possible, and have placed a gazebo and playground area in the central space to invite shared activity,” Raber said.

Each unit will be oriented toward the shared central space with a view of the agricultural field and has access to an exterior patio or deck.

“Use of a simple linear loop road for efficient vehicular circulation and perimeter parking minimizes impact to the site and provides central open space where existing tree groupings have been retained, as well as a safe play area for children,” Raber said.

Green building and sustainable design principles have been incorporated into the planning and construction of similar projects, and HAC will apply these to the Melpet project.

HAC plans to hire MB Management of Braintree, which has been successfully managing affordable, multi-family rental housing for 35 years.

The projected development schedule calls for submission of the comprehensive permit application early next spring, with completion expected in late spring/early summer, and submission of a tax-credit application next fall. Following the awarding of all available funding, construction is expected to begin in August 2012, with the first certificate of occupancy issued in October 2013 and full occupancy by January 2014.

Nicole Muller can be reached at