With Cape Cod experiencing an unprecedented crisis in housing, local leaders are looking for new approaches to address the problem. That’s why Housing Assistance created a new partnership with Cape Cod and Islands Association of REALTORS®, the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, CapeBuilt Companies, and the Homebuilders and Remodelers of Cape Cod. The Housing to Protect Cape Cod (HPCC) coalition mobilizes residents in support of policies that foster year-round housing while protecting critical environmental resources and community character. 

The HPCC coalition was formally launched in November at a summit that drew 350 people. Keynote speaker Tim Cornwell, a nationally respected economist, released his analysis of how the housing shortage impacts Cape Cod’s economic outlook. That included the sobering statistic that nearly half of the Cape’s workforce commutes to the region every day for work because housing here is both expensive and scarce. 

Follow-ups from the summit include meetings with business and nonprofit leaders to discuss regional solutions and town huddles, where residents can discuss solutions at the town level. 

From left: Tim Cornwell, Kip Diggs, Julian Cyr, Alisa Magnotta, Ryan Castle, Rob Brennan, Paul Neidzwicki