Housing Assistance Corporation Blog

Donor Spotlight: Cape Cod Five

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Mon, Jun 17, 2019 @ 01:52 PM

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Cape Cod 5 CEO Dorothy Savarese and Executive Vice President Bert Talerman at our 45th Anniversary Celebration. 

Earlier this year, Cape Cod 5 Cents Savings Bank helped Housing Assistance kick off its 45th anniversary by matching $45,000 the agency had raised from three Community Investors – David & Melissa McGraw of the Donald C. McGraw Foundation; the Green Family Foundation; and Michael J. Princi of Wynn & Wynn P.C. Attorneys and Peter B. Princi, managing director of The Princi Group at Morgan Stanley – to support its Housing Legacy Fund.

That investment was the latest in the bank’s long-term support of Housing Assistance’s work to ensure all on Cape Cod and the Islands have access to safe, secure housing.

At our 45th Anniversary Celebration last month, Cape Cod 5 CEO and President Dorothy Savarese spoke to why the bank has been a longtime champion of Housing Assistance: “It has demonstrated this amazing record of producing results and employing creativity and innovation and developing partnerships to get the job done.”

Housing, she said, is a top priority for Cape Cod 5 because it “is a critical part of healthy and vital communities.”

Savarese piggybacked on Housing Assistance CEO Alisa Magnotta Galazzi’s speech which highlighted three clients our agency has helped this past year: a single mother of two who was able to move off Section 8; a young family that purchased their first home; and a homeless individual who successfully transitioned into safe, stable housing.

“I think it helps for people to understand we’re talking about helping the people who respond to the fires, and teach our children, and serve us at the store,” Savarese said of who benefits from accessible housing. “These are not nameless, faceless people, but actually our neighbors that we interact with every single day.”

Support the Housing Legacy Fund

Help Housing Assistance reach its goal of raising $1 million for its Housing Legacy Fund by 2024. Click this link for more details on how you can strengthen our mission and ensure more individuals and families get the housing help they need to remain a part of this special place we call home. 

Tags: Cape Cod Five, donations, Alisa Galazzi, HAC donors, Donor Spotlight, HAC 45th Anniversary, Housing Legacy Fund, Dorothy Savarese, cape cinema

Big Fix-a-Thon Coming to Barnstable

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Mon, May 20, 2019 @ 04:36 PM

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Gary (left) and Alex Graham of Graham LLC are among the local builders who will be participating in our 10th Annual Big Fix-a-Thon in October. 

The Big Fix-a-Thon will be coming to Barnstable in October and Housing Assistance is currently seeking recipients to apply for the fundraising day of service.

Now in its tenth year, the event mobilizes nearly 300 volunteers to make small repairs to homes owned by seniors, veterans, and disabled residents in one town on Cape Cod.

Tasks done during the day include yard work; interior and exterior painting; repair or replacement of exterior stairs and fences; and light plumbing and electrical work.

“It really does transform a home,” Housing Assistance CEO Alisa Magnotta Galazzi said last month during a kick-off event geared towards volunteers that was held at Shepley Showcase in Hyannis. “It makes it so people can stay housed and age in place which is a critical component of our mission.”

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At last month's Big Fix-a-Thon Kick-Off Tony Shepley talked about the importance of giving back. 

Tony Shepley, president of Shepley Wood Products, which not only sponsors the event, but annually fields a team of volunteers for the Big Fix-a-Thon spoke about how it aligns with his company’s mission. “From a sponsorship perspective, what gets us involved in this really... is the concept of repaying your civic obligation,” he said. “We call it civic rent. You put a little back in, you get a whole lot back.”

Volunteers can make their impact go even further by raising funds to support Housing Assistance’s year-round programs. Applications for volunteers will be available starting Saturday, June 1.

Click this link or the blue button below for online recipient applications.

Recipient Application

Hard copies are available at our Hyannis office at 460 West Main Street. They can also be picked up at Barnstable Town Hall; the Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce; the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce; the Barnstable Senior Center; and the Hyannis and Centerville public libraries.

In order to apply, recipients must reside in either Hyannis or Centerville. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, June 14.

Sponsor the Big Fix-a-Thon!

Businesses interested in sponsoring the Big Fix-a-Thon should contact Deanna Bussiere at dbussiere@haconcapecod.org or 508-771-5400, ext. 270.

Sponsor the Big Fix-A-Thon

Tags: Shepley Wood Products, Community Service, Big Fix, Alisa Galazzi, home repair, Tony Shepley, Hyannis, Centerville, Barnstable, Barnstable Big Fix

45th Anniversary Celebrates the Past, Looks to the Future

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Thu, May 16, 2019 @ 04:39 PM

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Cape & Islands Association of REALTORS® CEO Ryan Castle (from left), HAC CEO Alisa Magnotta Galazzi, HAC Board Member Peter Freeman, Association to Preserve Cape Cod Executive Director Andrew Gottlieb, and Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce Chief of Staff Chris Adams, recipients of our Business Partner of the Year Award.

Nearly 175 people came out to celebrate Housing Assistance’s 45th anniversary earlier this month at the Cape Cinema and Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis.

Emcee Sarah Colvin kicked off the event by highlighting our agency’s past accomplishments that has included, “45 years of building hope for our families, friends and neighbors here on Cape Cod… More than 175,000 low- and moderate-income households have received housing services. More than 20,000 homeless people have been sheltered. More than 13,500 homes have received energy efficiency services. And more than 550 affordable homes have been built.”

Despite all that Housing Assistance has achieved, CEO Alisa Magnotta Galazzi acknowledged, “the housing crisis is getting worse” on Cape Cod and the Islands.

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Incoming Board Chair Peter Muise and CEO Alisa Magnotta Galazzi make a toast to Housing Assistance's future at the Cape Cod Museum of Art. 

“Housing Assistance has been an integral part in addressing the needs in our region for 45 years and we will continue to find ways to be part of the solution,” she stressed, before calling on those in attendance to do their part. “Housing is a community problem and requires a community solution.”

To that end, the event shined a spotlight on individuals and organizations that are stepping up to make a difference, including Roy Hammer and Jim Hinkle of Cummaquid. The pair, who have contributed more than $100,000 to Housing Assistance over the past 25 years, were recipients of the Lifetime Benefactor Award. In accepting the award, they spoke about the importance of giving locally.

The Human Services Partner of the Year Award went to SER-Jobs for Progress, Inc. which has been providing job support services to Housing Assistance clients since January.

The Business Partner of the Year Award went to the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, the Cape Cod & Islands Association of REALTORS® (CCIAOR), and the Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC) for partnering with Housing Assistance on Future Cape Cod. The coalition is asking towns to allocate a portion of the new short-term rental tax revenue towards the region’s long-term infrastructure needs in housing, wastewater, transportation, broadband, and competitive marketing.

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Nearly 175 people attended Housing Assistance's 45th Anniversary Celebration earlier this month. 

Following the awards ceremony, incoming Board Chair Peter Muise toasted to the agency’s future at the museum. “It’s all about what’s in front of us,” he said. “We’re in the next phase and we need all of you with us to participate in this next phase.”

Expand Your Participation

  • Become a Housing Advocate! Email advocacy@haconcapecod.org to receive updates about local housing issues and how you can help. 

 

 

Tags: CCIAOR, affordable housing, Alisa Galazzi, Housing Development, Cape Cod & Islands Associaton of Realtors, Peter Muise, Jim Hinkle, Roy Hammer, Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, Sarah Colvin, SER-Jobs, HAC 45th Anniversary, Association to Preserve Cape Cod

Housing Assistance Joins Future Cape Cod Coalition

Posted by HAC Staff on Thu, Mar 07, 2019 @ 12:11 PM

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With Cape Cod towns set to receive an influx of revenue from the state's recent adoption of the short-term rental tax, Housing Assistance Corporation has joined together with three other organizations to ensure resources are allocated to fund the region's future infrastructure needs.  

Those organizations — Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC), Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, Cape Cod & Islands Association of Realtors (CCIAOR) and Housing Assistance — have formed the Future Cape Cod Coalition. 

Together, they are asking each of the 15 towns on Cape Cod to direct at least 50% of the local option rooms excise tax to an Infrastructure and Community Investment Stabilization Fund. That fund would support housing, wastewater, broadband, transportation, and competitive marketing projects. 

The coalition has drafted a model bylaw for communities to adopt this spring. That bylaw would create a town-managed fund which will will be controlled exclusively by each town for projects it chooses at its own discretion. 

"Because of the efforts of the Cape Cod delegation, Cape Cod towns are posed to receive a once-in-a-generation revenue infusion thanks to the inclusion of short-term rentals in the new occupancy tax law," said Housing Assistance CEO Alisa Magnotta Galazzi. "We have one opportunity to ensure new revenue is used for long-agreed-upon, yet chronically underfunded infrastructure and community investment that Cape Codders need to thrive, now and into the future." 

Andrew Gottlieb, executive director of APCC, said "setting aside the new revenue before it gets absorbed into general operating budgets and before the ability to invest strategically in long-term municipal needs is lost, is critical." 

On the heels of Housing Assistance's new report, "Housing on Cape Cod: The High Cost of Doing Nothing", the Coalition pointed out the urgency that both residents and employers are facing with the housing crisis. "Businesses face a double-hit," said Cape Cod Chamber CEO Wendy Northcross. "Increasingly steeper housing costs are causing employers to pay more, passing that cost onto consumers; and year-round customers to have less disposable income to spend in the local economy.' 

"The market has not produced the type of housing our workforce needs, and we must invest in housing planning, re-zoning, and production to make that correction," Galazzi added. "Safe, attainable housing for all income levels and lifestyles is the key to our sustainability and could be the number one improvement to the health of our economy as a whole."  

SIGN THE OPEN LETTER TO LOCAL OFFICIALS

As a Cape Cod resident, you have the power to ensure your community invests in its long-term future. All you have to do is click this link, and sign the open letter asking that your local officials spend short-term rental money on long-term investments in your town. 

Visit www.FutureCapeCod.com and follow Future Cape Cod on Facebook (click here) for more info and to stay updated on our progress. 

 

Tags: Affordable Housing on Cape Cod, Housing on Cape Cod, CCIAOR, Alisa Galazzi, Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, year-round housing, Future Cape Cod, occupancy tax law, short term rental tax, infrastructure, local option rooms excise tax

Editorial: Celebrating 45 Years of Building Communities

Posted by Alisa Galazzi on Tue, Mar 05, 2019 @ 04:28 PM

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We have an exciting year ahead of us as we celebrate our 45 years of service. Over the years Housing Assistance has saved lives through our homeless shelter work; changed lives through our education and foreclosure counseling efforts; stabilized lives with our leased housing vouchers and weatherization; and launched dreams through our affordable sales and construction projects. We could not have achieved such success without your support. 

Now is the time for us to stand up again and lead the community to make strategic investments in our region’s infrastructure through the short-term rental tax revenue. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to set aside money to pay for big ticket items that property owners alone would have to foot the bill for otherwise. Together we can ensure that Cape Cod has a vibrant year-round community and remains a destination to visit. Now is the time to say yes to housing so we can preserve and protect our way of life on Cape Cod. For more information go to www.futurecapecod.org

I invite each of us to step up and get involved in not only helping to create housing opportunities for our year-round community but also advocating for town leadership to make investments with the new occupancy tax law. We also have work to do to change outdated and restrictive zoning that has added to the shortage of housing in our region. If we provide enough attainable housing for the people who work here so they can live here, then our local economy will become stronger and our community will continue to thrive. Housing is the linchpin that makes our economy and community work.

In the years to come, you can count on Housing Assistance to continue to provide a safety net for the homeless and people living one or two paychecks away from homelessness. And you can look to us for leadership in expanding housing options for people of all income levels. 

We invite you to attend our special 45th Anniversary Celebration on May 8th, become a housing advocate, or volunteer. If you own a seasonal rental, contact us about our Rent 365 program which offers a $1,000 incentive for homeowners who convert to year-round leases, and also provides additional landlord support. 

Please join us in creating a better tomorrow for our neighbors and our communities.  

 CELEBRATE OUR 45TH ANNIVERSARY

Join us on Wednesday, May 8 at the Cape Cinema and Cape Cod Museum of Art as we come together to celebrate 45 years of building strong communities on Cape Cod and the Islands. 

Click this link to purchase tickets as we work together to create a better tomorrow for all in our region. 

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Click the button below to get started!

Sponsor the 45th Anniversary Celebration

 

Tags: homelessness prevention, shelter, Affordable Housing Development on Cape Cod, Weatherization, Alisa Galazzi, rental housing, foreclosure prevention, Rent 365, HAC 45th Anniversary, Future Cape Cod, occupancy tax law

Editorial: Celebrating 45 Years Building Strong Communities Together

Posted by Alisa Galazzi on Mon, Jan 14, 2019 @ 12:09 PM

 

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It is only with the sustained support of a vast network of donors, volunteers, towns, partner agencies, and of course, our dedicated staff, that Housing Assistance has reached more than 170,000 people on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket facing a housing crisis. Thank you for your support!

In 1974, Rick Presbrey founded Housing Assistance, operating the fledgling nonprofit out of a cramped West Yarmouth garage converted into an office. The agency had just one program, overseeing the state’s Chapter 707 Rental Assistance to provide affordable apartments to our region’s workforce, seniors and disabled residents.

Over 43 years of service, Presbrey, the organization, and our network of supporters developed myriad programs to help homeless, low-income and middle-income families achieve a stable housing foundation. When Presbrey retired in 2017, I was grateful for the opportunity to carry on this legacy of building strong communities through housing.

Home is where we make our dreams come true. Home is where we launch our lives. And it is the mission of Housing Assistance. I couldn’t agree more.

This year, I’m asking all of you to join us in ensuring that all our neighbors have the opportunity to have a home. Today, more than ever, our region faces a critical housing shortage. Recent surveys have shown that we need at least 4,500 more small units to house our service workforce, our young professionals, and seniors wishing to downsize.

How You Can Help

It is going to take all of us, acting in many different capacities, to ensure that we are building a solid foundation of housing that can sustain our community into the future. We invite you to join us as we look toward the future and explore new ways we can support housing development that supports our people, respects our environment, and fits within our regional culture. At Housing Assistance, we are committed to expanding our impact on the region, though some exciting new initiatives:

We will train more citizens to advocate for housing solutions that work for their town. This means not just building more affordable housing developments, but also making sure our communities have appropriate housing for their local workforce, young professionals and seniors.

With citizen involvement, we can help towns update zoning laws to allow for more dense, walkable village centers and accessory dwelling units, like apartments in an existing home’s basement or over a garage. Ensuring the availability of appropriate, affordable housing for everyone in our community is the way we can build a strong foundation for our future.

We will develop more innovative partnerships. Through cooperation with other agencies such as job training providers and healthcare organizations, we can make donor dollars go further and increase the benefit we deliver to our most vulnerable neighbors.

And of course we will continue our core programs to help our neighbors in need:

  • We will build more housing for our workforce and the elderly.
  • We will shelter families living on the streets, in the woods, or in their cars.
  • We will educate people to take control of their financial goals and well-being.

Our region is changing, and the housing crisis could be the issue that prevents our region from prospering. Or if we all become part of the solution, housing can be the issue that unites us and makes us stronger. We hope you’ll join us throughout this year in advocating to build stronger communities.

Get Involved with Housing Assistance Corporation

Join us in celebrating our 45th anniversary by helping us move forward in addressing the region's housing crisis by: 

  • Serving as a HAC Volunteer (click here)
  • Serving as an Advocate for the housing needed on Cape Cod and the Islands (click here)
  • Serving as a HAC Donor to ensure we can continue to assist our neighbors in need (click here)

Tags: HCEC, Family Shelter, Rick Presbrey, Affordable Housing Development on Cape Cod, workforce housing, housing consumer education, Alisa Galazzi, Housing Development, Editorial, Cape Housing Advocacy Training, housing crisis, housing advocacy, HAC 45th Anniversary, zoning

Secure Jobs Initiative Now Offered at HAC's Office

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Wed, Jan 02, 2019 @ 03:10 PM

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Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC), and SER-Jobs for Progress, Inc. (SER-Jobs) are pleased to announced a partnership that will locate Secure Jobs Initiative services within Housing Assistance offices at 460 West Main Street, Hyannis.

“People in housing crisis who are homeless or living just one or two paychecks away from disaster really struggle with issues of transportation as they work to stabilize their work and family living situation. Locating our services at Housing Assistance will make it much easier for clients in housing crisis to participate in the classes and services they need to land a job and build self-sufficiency,” said Maria Ferreira-Bedard, Executive Director of SER-Jobs.

The Secure Jobs Initiative is funded by the Department of Transitional Assistance and has as its overarching goal to help clients get on the path to self-sufficiency and ensure they have work that enables them to afford market rate housing for their families. Eligible families are referred to the program by their case manager or a program manager familiar with the clients and must be receiving Emergency Assistance, RAFT (Residential Assistance for Families in Transition), or HomeBASE benefits.

“The Secure Jobs program offers critical support for formerly homeless people in terms of training, resume writing, job search, transportation coordination, child care assistance, and even work clothes—all of which are necessary for clients to rebuild their lives so they can support themselves and their families,” said Alisa Magnotta Galazzi, CEO of Housing Assistance Corporation.

Housing Assistance is excited to be able to connect its clients with Secure Jobs programs in Hyannis. In the last year, Housing Assistance prevented more than 1,000 people becoming homeless through its family shelters, prevention and outreach programs, and it helped stabilize more than 2,600 people through housing vouchers, family self-sufficiency programs, weatherization and affordable housing development.

The Secure Jobs Initiative program is scheduled to begin providing services on Cape Cod on January 14. To make referrals or for more information, please contact program coordinator, Lubelia Raposo, at 508-676-1916.

Tags: homelessness, homelessness prevention, Alisa Galazzi, housing crisis, job training, Maria Ferreira-Bedard, SER-Jobs, Secure Jobs Initiative

Editorial: Help Preserve the Cape and Islands Communities We All Cherish

Posted by Alisa Galazzi on Wed, Dec 26, 2018 @ 04:49 PM

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Living year-round on Cape Cod is not a place for the faint of heart or those who want to go fast. It’s a place where deep connections and a sense of community are sustained. It’s a place where awe-inspiring beauty surrounds us even in the most mundane of activities like commuting to work; where our great schools and community resources weave an enviable region-wide network of services. It’s a place where our unique history, the family legacies of generational Cape Codders, and a welcome stream of new residents form the foundation from which we all grow and prosper.

Preserving the year-round aspects of the Cape we all know and love is a worthy and challenging undertaking. It will take all of us working together in new ways to achieve it.

I frequently hear from other residents their desire to keep the Cape the same. I appreciate the sentiment. I, too, remember fondly the Cape of 2001 when I first moved here. There are many aspects of the Cape’s seemingly slow-to-change cultures and communities that is reassuring.

However, the fact is that external forces in the marketplace are changing faster than any of us expected, and those forces will change our communities for the worse if we don’t take new action. The advent of online rental platforms like Airbnb, coupled with the Cape being known as a safe investment to off-Cape investors, has put increased pressure on the year-round housing market.

We have seen a decrease of year-round rentals and an increase in seasonal rentals. Our year-round workforce is having a harder and harder time finding housing. The sooner we as a community accept the trend, the better decisions we will make to influence the outcome.

Impacting Our Region

Even though most of us reading this likely have a permanent residence on the Cape or may own a second home here, the hidden costs of a limited supply of year-round rentals presents a significant challenge for our region.

Lack of housing for our year-round workforce will influence our local businesses’ ability to innovate and our relevance as a tourist destination. Those of us stably housed will be impacted with higher costs of goods and services and ultimately by living in a museum—our current year-round friends and neighbors will be replaced by visitors from off-Cape.

So while we prepare to embark on a new year, let’s be grateful that each of us is in a position to influence changes necessary to preserve the place we live and love.

We can advocate at the town level to increase housing available to year-round residents. For example, towns can allow Accessory Dwelling Units by right; update zoning to permit denser, walkable neighborhoods in appropriate locations; and link wastewater planning with housing needs.

In addition, we invite seasonal homeowners to consider renting their home year-round through our Rent 365 program. Learn more about the financial incentive and details of our Rent 365 program and download a copy of our recently published report on the impact of insufficient year-round housing at www.CapeHousing.org

We have an opportunity to maintain the competitiveness of Cape Cod as a vacation destination, a retirement community, and a place for year-round families to thrive—but only if we have housing for our year-round workforce.

This effort will take community-wide involvement. Please contact us if you have ideas, questions, or comments. We’d love to hear from you!

Tags: Housing on Cape Cod, Report, Alisa Galazzi, Editorial, Accessory Dwelling Units, housing crisis, Rent 365, Airbnb, housing advocacy, seasonal rentals

Harwich Big Fix Helps Transform Lives

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Thu, Nov 08, 2018 @ 04:18 PM
Cape Associates BFBarbara and Chris Mack join volunteers, which include staff from Cape Associates, who donated their time fixing up the Harwich couple's home. 

Outside Chris and Barbara Mack’s Harwich house, volunteers were busy painting the trim, landscaping the yard, and fixing gutters. Inside, a skilled crew from Cape Associates was installing a new bay window.

As the scene unfolded in front of them, Barbara acknowledged how much this work meant to her. “It is just so overwhelming,” she said. “It makes my heart so happy.”

Individually, the projects done at the Mack’s house, which they have owned since 1998, may have been relatively minor. But combined, they made a huge impact on the couple who repeatedly expressed their gratitude for the kindness of complete strangers.

This is the magic of the Big Fix which started in 2010 in Barnstable as a way to support seniors, veterans and disabled homeowners in one town on Cape Cod. Through the one-day event, volunteers help raise funds for HAC’s programs while conducting the types of small home repairs that can be financially or physically difficult for homeowners like the Macks to do themselves.

Harwich Big Fix-8Jeanne Roque of Cape Cod 5 hauls trash during the Harwich Big Fix. 

“When you go to the site take a mental note of what it looks like before and what it looks like after,” HAC CEO Alisa Magnotta Galazzi said during the kick-off ceremony at Monomoy Regional High School. “You’re going to see how the power of a community coming together, like-minded people coming together, can transform a life and transform a house.”

This year, roughly 340 volunteers donated a few hours of their time to help 18 homeowners in Harwich at the end of September.

They included people like Ralph Perry, a US Army veteran, who has lived in his home for 32 years. He had nearly two dozen volunteers clearing brush, trimming trees, removing an old swing set, and hauling trash at his house.

“It means a lot. It means an awful lot,” he said. “I can’t believe how many people have come to help.”

Tags: Volunteer Cape Cod, volunteerism, volunteering, Big Fix, HAC Volunteers, Alisa Galazzi, home repair, veterans, Harwich, Harwich Big Fix, Cape Associates, Cape Cod 5

Editorial: The High Cost of Doing Nothing

Posted by Alisa Galazzi on Wed, Nov 07, 2018 @ 02:11 PM

 

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At Housing Assistance Corporation, we have been on the frontlines of providing affordable housing since 1974. Today, our challenges have never been greater. The shrinking supply of year-round housing is getting worse. It is impacting families, businesses, and municipalities. It is a threat to the health of our economy and the very character of Cape Cod. 

The reasons behind this crisis are simple. Since Cape Cod is a desirable location to live and vacation, non-residents and investors are increasingly buying existing year-round properties and converting them into short-term rentals or keeping them for their own occasional use. The stock of year-round housing is rapidly depleting and therefore, prices are out of reach for Cape Cod residents. 

As the regional housing agency on Cape Cod, we decided to take a step back and analyze the internal and external causes of the region’s housing shortage, its impact and possible solutions. We started with two simple questions — what would happen if we did nothing? What more can we do?

Those questions formed the basis of a white paper, “Housing On Cape Cod: The High Cost of Doing Nothing”, that our agency released last month. 

For this report, we relied on the analysis of numerous sources. We interviewed business and community leaders about the effects of the housing crunch. The research and conversations shaped our thinking and recommended strategies. For example, in addition to developing affordable housing units, Housing Assistance Corporation is now investing in the development of market-rate units that will help alleviate the housing shortage. More year-round housing will change the supply dynamic in the marketplace and add more options for all income groups. 

Additionally, HAC is launching Rent 365, a pilot program that incentivizes homeowners to convert their seasonal or vacation homes into year-round rentals. 

This is a challenging time for our region. Low-income families suffer first and most acutely if we do nothing, but they are not alone. Uniting and finding purposeful strategies that mitigate and eventually solve our housing crisis will be of great benefit to our region. If we keep approaching housing in our region with the same old strategies, we will only continue to feed the worsening and self-perpetuating housing shortage for year-round residents. 

Let’s try some new ideas. 

I welcome your thoughts and your suggestions on how we can meet this challenge together.

Housing on Cape Cod: The High Cost of Doing Nothing

Visit www.capehousing.org to read HAC's new report which identifies new strategies for addressing the region's housing crisis. 

 

Tags: Housing on Cape Cod, white papers, housing research, Alisa Galazzi, rental housing, Editorial, housing crisis, Rent 365