The Community Action Committee of Cape Cod and the Islands helps low income families in the counties of Barnstable, Dukes, and Nantucket. The non-profit organization provides help with housing problems, getting gifts during holidays, preventing eviction, and general case management and advice.
The main service to prevent homelessness for families who own their own homes is Foreclosure Prevention. If you are a tenant and behind on your rent, the Community Action Committee of Cape Cod and the Islands may have helpful information on rental assistance and landlord/tenant mediation. Some of the administered resources are listed below.
If you are struggling to keep up with your mortgage payments, or are at risk of foreclosure, you may be eligible for counseling. Housing specialists will help qualified clients with their loans and advocate for them.
HomeCorps has a program to help people keep their homes, by talking to their mortgage company and advocacy to prevent foreclosures. Counselors can help the homeowner and lender to come up with a solution.
The residents of Cape Cod Massachusetts can get help from the government. If you are renting a home that is in foreclosure or if you are behind on rent, there are eviction prevention services available in Barnstable, Nantucket, and other Cape Cod towns. There is also help available for people who are trying to get a rental subsidy (like section 8) or who are looking for affordable housing.
The Homeowner Safety Net is a program that helps to prevent homelessness in the community by providing rapid rehousing to those who are at risk of becoming homeless. It can also help improve borrowers’ housing situations by connecting them to financial counseling, affordable rental housing, and available government benefits.
The Health Care Services information can help people to join and take part in the 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, a dental plan, or both. The Community Action Committee of Cape Cod (CACCI) provides free education on eligibility requirements for the Massachusetts Health Connector and other government or Public Health options to its clients. If you are struggling to pay medical or hospital bills, case managers may be able to help you.
The immigration programs will help newcomers to the Cape by advising them on how to receive legal permanent residence status, benefit eligibility requirements, and completing the process of becoming a U.S. citizen. The agency can help connect you with resources in Barnstable and Dukes County that can offer assistance with things like immigration law and advocacy. We offer our services in multiple languages, including Portuguese, English and Spanish.
Programs that happen during a certain time of year are called seasonal programs. One example of a seasonal program is the Toys for Tots Depot. The Cape Cod Community Involvement program is a key partner in the Toys for Tots program. The program provides free holiday meals to low-income and struggling families. The Thanksgiving Turkey Basket Program provides free holiday meals to families who are struggling financially. This is a great resource for families who may not be able to afford a traditional Thanksgiving feast. Private donations provide Thanksgiving dinner baskets for low income and senior families who cannot afford to provide Thanksgiving dinner for their families. The MATCH program is a Christmas program that accepts donations of toys and clothing. These items are then given to children and teens of low income parents. They will receive the Christmas gifts they request. These seasonal programs are usually a last resort for families and they must have explored all other resources first, such as Salvation Army programs.
The Community Action Committee of Cape Cod has a few offices in the area. The Homeport is located at 210 Jones Road, Unit #14, Falmouth, MA 02540. The phone number for the Homeport is 508-444-2874.