Low income families in the counties of Barnstable, Dukes, and Nantucket can try the Community Action Committee of Cape Cod and the Islands. The non-profit organization offers assistance programs for housing issues, holiday assistance, eviction prevention, and general case management and advice.
One of the main homeless prevention services administered is for families that own their own homes and it is Foreclosure Prevention. For tenants that are behind on their rent, Community Action Committee of Cape Cod and the Islands may have information on rental assistance and landlord/tenant mediation. Some of the resources administered are below.
For those families that are behind on their mortgage, think they may fall behind or that have a foreclosure notice, then counseling may be available. Housing specialists will offer qualified clients with direct loan mediation and advocacy services.
HomeCorps Prevention Program is one of their programs that offers direct home loan mediation advocacy to prevent an unnecessary foreclosures on homeowners. Counselors can work with the homeowner and lender to find a solution.
Tenants and renters in Cape Cod Massachusetts can get help as well. If the home you rent has been foreclosed on and you are now facing eviction or if you are just behind on paying your rent in an unit, then eviction prevention services are offered in counties such as Barnstable, Nantucket, and other Cape Cod towns. Guidance is also available to those that are trying to apply for a rental subsidy (such as section 8) or that are trying to find affordable housing.
Homeless prevention and rapid rehousing from the Homeowner Safety Net strives to prevent homelessness in the community. It can also stabilize borrowers’ housing situations by connecting families to financial counseling, affordable rental housing, and available government benefits.
Information on Health Care Services can help people connect, enroll, and participate in Public Health Insurance. Assistance can help residents with using tax credit to pay for insurance, finding a local primary care physician, provide advice and selecting a state of Massachusetts approved health plan and/or a dental plan. Clients of the Community Action Committee of Cape Cod (CACCI) and the Islands can also receive free education on eligibility requirements for the Massachusetts Health Connector and other government or Public Health options. Or if you owe money on medical or hospital bills, then case managers offer advocacy.
Immigration programs will advise newcomers to the Cape on how to receive legal permanent residence status, benefit eligibility requirements, and get help in completing the process of becoming a U.S. citizen. The agency will offer referrals to community resources in Barnstable and Dukes County such as immigration lawyers and Mass Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy. Services are offered in multiple languages such as Portuguese, English and Spanish.
Seasonal programs include Toys for Tots Depot. CACCI is a key partner in the Toys for Tots program on the Cape. Another holiday resource is the free Thanksgiving Turkey Basket Program. Private donations provide a complete Thanksgiving dinner basket for low income and senior families who cannot afford to provide Thanksgiving dinner for their families. A Christmas program known as MATCH accepts donations of toys and clothing and the items are provided to children and teens of low income parents. They will receive the Christmas gifts they need. Most of these seasonal programs are so called last resort, and families must have explored all other resources first, such as Salvation Army programs.
Community Action Committee of Cape Cod has a couple main offices in the area. They are at 372 North Street, Hyannis, Massachusetts 02601 (phone 507-771-1727) as well as Homeport, 210 Jones Road, Unit #14, Falmouth, MA 02540 (call 508-444-2874).
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