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

"Hyannis homeless shelter to downsize" (Cape Cod Times)

Posted on Wed, Jan 12, 2011

HYANNIS — Housing Assistance Corp. of Cape Cod has pledged that it will reduce the number of beds available at its Hyannis shelter for homeless people by one-third, from 60 to 40, by the summer of 2012.

"Six months is way too short, a year doesn't seem quite enough," said Rick Presbrey, president and CEO of the housing agency. "Eighteen months seemed like a reasonable compromise."

The number of emergency beds required at the shelter can be reduced by lowering the number of homeless people from off-Cape, sending people who need short-term housing to transitional facilities instead of emergency ones, and moving the chronically homeless into permanent housing, Presbrey said.

"It's not a question of us having control over the need, it's us responding in better ways to the needs that exist," he said in a phone interview Tuesday.

The plan was the product of a 14-person committee comprised of local business and nonprofit leaders and social service providers who worked for more than a year. They proposed seven specific actions that they say will improve services and reduce the need for emergency shelter within 18 months, Presbrey said.

The NOAH Shelter, whose name is an acronym for No Other Available Housing, has been a source of community tension in the last year or so.

Local merchants argue that homeless people loitering on the Village Green and wandering in and out of shops discourage tourists, while social service providers say social justice and compassion for the poor required the shelter to run at full capacity. But for now, business leaders and social service providers are singing the same optimistic tune about the plan.

"We want to help the people in our community who have problems," Elizabeth Wurfbain, the executive director of the Main Street Business Improvement District, said. "Everybody does."

"We're not trying to make places worse for the work we do," Presbrey said. "We try to make it better for the work we do."

The plan requires shelter visitors to receive evaluations by the Duffy Health Center within one business day. It also calls for the housing agency to hire additional staff to develop more transitional housing, and specifies changes to the way the nonprofit works with other agencies and presents information to the public.

"It creates a disciplined, more effective response on our part and on the part of other organizations," Presbrey said of the proposed changes, some of which are necessary to improve relations with the community as well as to provide better services for the homeless.

"I do this out of some desperation," he said of making the changes and the process that led to them.

The Cape Cod Foundation gave Housing Assistance Corp. a $25,000 grant to begin the work of helping the homeless people in their care get jobs or job training, but stakeholders cautioned that the plan will work only if there are concrete actions to support it.

"It (improvement) will come if the community maintains a healthy interest in the project," said Bob Ciolek, a member of the Hyannis Civic Association who worked on the committee.

The committee's work reflects improved relationships among stakeholders, officials said.

"I think it's less confrontational," Barnstable assistant town manager Thomas K. Lynch said of the dynamic surrounding the NOAH shelter, which some at the housing agency refer to as the NOAH "center."

"Everyone has a much clearer understanding of the complexity of the problem," Lynch said.