|The annual census of the homeless on Cape Cod conducted on Jan. 28, 2009 counted 806 people. This number compared to 932 last January. The Community Action Committee of Cape Cod & the Islands made the count during a driving rain and snowstorm, and there is some possibility it did not include those housed temporarily by friends or relatives because of the inclement weather. Following is a list of some of the shelters and special residences for those facing very difficult times, and a description of some affordable housing, homelessness prevention and advocacy programs.
Shelters & Special Residences:
The following shelters are under the umbrella of the Housing Assistance Corporation, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the housing needs of all Cape Codders. It is located at 77 Winter St., Hyannis, MA 02601; 508-778-5255.
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Noah Service Center
is the only shelter for individuals on Cape Cod. It is open every day from 4:30 pm to 8 am and serves men and women from every cape town and the islands. Guests receive a bed and two meals, access to medical, substance abuse and mental health services, housing search, employment advocacy, legal clinics, and other services. NOAH is a 50-bed emergency shelter, with 60 beds in winter. On average, a client needs 40 nights in shelter to move into permanent housing.
works with families recovering from alcohol or other drug abuse. Located in Hyannis, it provides a structured and secure environment where homeless families can be reunited.
is a shelter serving first-time mothers and their children. It also provides supportive services and links to community resources. It is located in Falmouth.
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Cataumet and Bourne
are family shelters which, like the others, offer education and employment services, and assistance in finding permanent housing. As in other family shelters, residents are provided services such as counseling, tenancy skill training, parenting skills and child advocacy.
The following shelters are run by the Community Action Committee of Cape Cod and the Islands, a non-profit organization offering housing, emergency shelters, advocacy for elders and childcare services. It is located at 115 Enterprise Road, Hyannis, MA 02601; 508-771-1727. Click here for website.
is a residence program that focuses on services to homeless battered women and their children. Click here for a description of the program.
Pilot House Shelter
is run jointly with the Duffy Health Center and is a shelter for chronically homeless adults who want to regain their health, sobriety and stability. This shelter was established for active substance abuse users who were ineligible for shelter elsewhere. There are various support services, including case management, links to community resources, and daily medical check-ins.
is a sober residential facility in Orleans partnering with Gosnold on Cape Cod, a non-profit that provides addiction and mental health treatment. Clients participate in developing their own plans utilizing twelve step principles, and there is family involvement and continuing support. Residents have local jobs, attend school, or perform community service. Click here for more information.
The Cape Cod Council of Churches, located at 320 Main St., Hyannis, MA 02601; 508-775-5073 and the Salvation Army, at 100 North St., Hyannis, MA 02601; 508-775-0364 jointly co -ordinate the following program. Click here for Cape Cod Council of Churches website. Click here for Salvation Army website.
Overnights of Hospitality
is a program in which churches and synagogues, in an attempt to meet the gap between available shelter beds and the number of homeless people needing them, open their doors for people who need a warm safe place to sleep. Twenty to thirty religious organizations participate, with two providing shelter on any given night, in an attempt to lessen crowding at NOAH Shelter. Efforts are also made to assist clients to move into more permanent housing.
The Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps, founded in 1969 as a memorial to RFK, provides various programs and services to Massachusetts children, among which is an adolescent treatment center. The parent organization is located at 11 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02108; 617-277-4183 or 877-735-3500. Click here for website.
R.F. Kennedy Cape Cod Adolescent Shelter
is a residential treatment center for children ages 12 to 18 years. It is located in Yarmouth.
Homelessness Prevention and Advocacy:
Homeless Prevention Council
works to solve immediate problems and then helps the client to create a plan on the road to financial stability. They will help the client to access housing programs and financial assistance, advocate and negotiate with landlords and banks for rent and mortgage adjustments, make referrals for healthcare, insurance childcare, food, clothing, job training and counseling, and help with budgeting. 14 Old Tote Rd, PO Box 828, Orleans, MA 02653; 508-255-9667 or 877-349-6962 Click here for website.
Chatham Ecumenical Council for the Homeless
helps to prevent homelessness by providing financial assistance to families in need due to job loss, health or other family related crisis. P.O. Box 81, W.Chatham, MA 02669
is run by the Housing Assistance Corp., which also runs shelters and is mentioned above. This program administers rental subsidies or mortgage moneys, which provides quick help for families in need, and prevents them from becoming homeless. The organization also offers education and training programs.
Organizations Previously Mentioned that Run Shelters or Special Residences,
including the Community Development Partnership, the Cape Cod Council of Churches, and the Community Action Committee of Cape Cod and the Islands, also have advocacy programs that help families and individuals access public benefits and shelter, help with tenant and landlord negotiations, and provide information and referrals to supportive agencies.
Affordable Housing Programs:
Community Development Partnership,
mentioned previously, has developed or assisted in the development of affordable housing throughout the eight towns of the lower and outer cape. The Community Development Partnership owns and manages affordable rental units, and manages others. It offers a Homebuyer Education course for first time buyers, and financial management and foreclosure prevention workshops.
CDP has a list of affordable rental opportunities for which it is currently accepting applications, and it keeps a list of affordable home purchase opportunities. Click here to see them.
Community Action Committee of Cape Cod & Islands
also mentioned previously, has a transitional housing program, which is a Department of Transitional Assistance [DTA] Emergency Assistance Shelter program for multi-needy families. It provides shelter and intensive case management. THP partners with the Cape Cod Local Housing Authority to lease scattered site housing.
Harwich Ecumenical Council for the Homeless
has programs in homelessness prevention, childcare and youth counseling, and owns rental housing. P.O. Box 86, W. Harwich, MA 02671; 508-432-0015 or 508-240-7499 24-hour answering service. Click here for website.
is for anyone, male or female, from 17 to 70, who is in need of supportive, low-cost housing, and who wants to be part of a nurturing family group. Champ Homes provide a haven for those who are physically disabled, in recovery from drug or alcohol abuse, mentally ill, or need help for some other reason. Click here for website.
Town Community Preservation Committees and Housing Authorities
Each of the eight towns has town community preservation committees and housing authorities that seek solutions to provide low and moderate income housing.
Housing Consumer Education
is a resource center that provides information for anyone in need of or offering housing. It is run by the Housing Assistance Corporation, mentioned previously. Click here for website.
Habitat for Humanity
builds simple, decent houses through volunteer labor and tax-deductible donations of money and material. The homeowner/partner is required to contribute between 250 and 500 hours of “sweat equity.” Houses are purchased from Habitat with a 0% interest mortgage, allowing affordable mortgage payments. Habitat has built 51 homes on Cape Cod, and is in the process of building four homes in Brewster and five in Falmouth. A new project of thirteen homes is scheduled for April 2009 in Harwich. 657 Main St., West Yarmouth, MA 02673; 508-775-3559 Click here for website.
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