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

Sandwich affordable housing gets financial boost

Posted on Thu, Dec 30, 2010

By George Brennan
gbrennan@capecodonline.com

Link to article on The Cape Cod Times website 

SANDWICH — Just before the Christmas holiday, Housing Assistance Corp. got a present that's been on the wish list for more than a decade.

Last week, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston announced that the agency's Community Green project in Sandwich had been awarded $436,306 to build the first phase of its mixed-use affordable housing development once known as Dana's Fields.

"We're really excited because it gives us the leverage to work with the state to get the remaining money that we need," said Gisele Gauthier, director of housing development for the Hyannis-based nonprofit.

Housing Assistance needs about $1 million more to begin construction, which is scheduled for this summer, Gauthier said. "The state is committed to projects like this," she said.

There were 58 applicants for the Federal Home Loan Bank grants, and the Sandwich project was among 10 throughout New England that received funding, said Kenneth Willis, the bank's vice president and director. The bank uses 10 percent of its net earnings from the previous year to fund affordable housing initiatives, he said.

Housing Assistance Corp. applied for the money in partnership with Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank and met the criteria for the grant, Willis said.

"It was focusing on homeless individuals, and that set it apart for us as a project," Willis said about Community Green. Along with housing, Community Green will also provide jobs on an organic farm to give individuals life skills for a fresh start, something Willis said was a "really cool" part of the application.

Community Green, located on 46 acres near the Sandwich Industrial Park, has been down a long, challenging road. It went through a protracted permit and legal process that started while Bill Clinton was still president.

Early next month, a young couple will move into the Curio House, an energy-efficient one-bedroom house on the site, to act as caretakers for the property.

But it's the grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank that provides funding for 10 single-occupancy apartments to be constructed at the site that really meets the project's long-term goals.

"These units are the ones being built with the intention of working with formerly homeless people looking to get back into mainstream life," Gauthier said. The 10 apartments will be located in a two-story building that will also include common space where residents can attend support group meetings and receive job training.

Homeless individuals from the NOAH Shelter in Hyannis who are ready to get back out on their own will be set up in the housing and given jobs working on the community garden or caring for the chickens that will be part of the Community Green farm, she said.

The idea is to bring them a "step closer to independent living," she said.

Construction could begin this summer. The first occupants could be moving in by 2013, Gauthier said.

The Sandwich project will eventually include more than 50 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments offered for rent and sale at affordable rates. A community center is also planned, along with four single-family homes accompanying the Curio House.

"Community Green really has been a long time coming," Gauthier said.

"This is a big step."