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

How gift cards create good news

Posted on Wed, Aug 31, 2011

Cape Codders are reaching out to help neighbors in need. The Dennis-Yarmouth Ecumenical Council for the Prevention of Homelessness, or DYECH, has been working on this problem for the past 15 years.

When a family on Cape Cod is facing a financial crisis because of an accident, illness, job loss or other unforeseen event, it is often impossible to meet rent or mortgage payments. If a family is given assistance at this time, homelessness can be prevented. DYECH raises money to provide these funds and works with the Housing Assistance Corp. to help the family. As we are all aware, state funds that used to be part of this effort have been cut, and the prevention project depends solely on organizations like DYECH to help families in crisis.

The good news is that the people on Cape Cod are recognizing the problem and responding generously. Since June of 2010, DYECH has raised $89,000. Housing Assistance reports that with this money, 187 families have been able to stay in their own homes despite the setback that threatened the stability of their lives.

This is one of their stories.

The family consisted of two working parents and three children. The mother fell, broke her pelvis, and was unable to work for several months. Even though she had health insurance, the expenses of copays, medication and loss of wages meant that the family fell behind on their rent. They applied to HAC for assistance, and funds for back payment of the rent were provided. The mother has now returned to her job, the crisis has been averted and the family is safe at home.

DYECH raises most of its funds through the sale of gift cards to local grocery and other participating stores. More and more people are purchasing these cards and finding satisfaction in knowing that they are helping to prevent homelessness on Cape Cod. Sales of the gift cards have almost doubled this year in Yarmouth.

Anyone on Cape Cod who shops at a grocery store, CVS or Dunkin' Donuts can become part of this prevention project. It costs nothing to participate, except your good will. A person receives full value for the card at the store.

The gift cards made be purchased at branches of TD Bank, the Cape Cod Five banks and the Cape Cod Cooperative banks in Dennis and Yarmouth, local churches, and at HAC, 460 W. Main St., Hyannis. You may also mail a request for cards to Box 507, Yarmouthport, MA 02675. (Click for more ways to buy grocery cards and gift cards.)

It costs you nothing to use the card, but 5 percent of what you spend is donated to the prevention program.

Be part of the good news. Make it better. More neighbors helping neighbors will make Cape Cod a better place for all of us.

Mary D. Joyce of Yarmouthport is a DYECH volunteer.