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

Census measures Cape's homeless population

Posted on Fri, Apr 15, 2011

For the fourth year in a row, the number of homeless people on Cape Cod continued to go down, according to an annual homeless census.

The number of people living outdoors, in hotel rooms, in shelters and transitional housing was 493 when a team of homeless advocates and volunteers braved the cold, snowy weather on Jan. 26 to do the homeless count.

That number is nearly half the people counted just three years earlier, but those who work with the Cape's homeless population say the numbers can be misleading.

Conducted in a single day to meet federal guidelines, the methodology has been criticized by outreach workers because it often misses the true number of homeless people, some of whom may have found shelter on that particular day.

"The numbers are just a snapshot on that day and although down slightly we obviously still have a very serious challenge ending homelessness on Cape Cod," said Melissa Carney, director of Client Self-Sufficiency Services at the Community Action Committee.

This year's count found 21 fewer homeless than in January 2010. The much higher years prior to 2010 included people in programs such as the CHAMP Homes, which house people on School Street in Hyannis. While many of the residents would be homeless without it, CHAMP Homes is not considered a homeless shelter. Two years ago, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development changed the rules, so places like CHAMP House are no longer factored in the count.

Also, there was bad weather on the day of the counts in both 2010 and 2011, which probably contributed to the low numbers, said Estelle Fritzinger of the Community Action Committee, one of the organizations participating in the count.

Based on a look at the many shelters run by Housing Assistance Corp., it's unclear if there are fewer homeless people on the Cape.

Allison Rice, vice president of operations at the housing agency, said the NOAH shelter in Hyannis did not fill all its 60 beds until March, when the shelter reached capacity a few times.

The family shelters have been averaging about one-third to one-half occupied by Cape Cod families, Rice said. Those numbers are rising, as the weather gets warmer, she said. The state refers off-Cape families to the HAC shelters, which often keeps them full, Rice said.

Rice said the numbers at the HAC shelters are too variable to show any real trend. But if there are fewer homeless on the Cape, it's because young families are moving off-Cape, she said.

And it's because of some good state and local programs. A few years ago, the state moved the homeless programs from the Department of Transitional Assistance to the Department of Housing and Community Development, Rice said. This makes sense because now homeless programs are controlled by the agency that deals with housing, she said.

Locally in the past few years, CHAMP Homes expanded, taking more vulnerable people off the streets. And a team of homeless people formed a group home called Homeless Not Hopeless Inc. They live in two homes on Ocean Street.

Fewer Homeles

2008: 932

2009: 806

2010: 514

2011: 493

The 2010 and 2011 counts do not include people placed in permanent supportive housing.