An Angel House shelter client cuts the ribbon to start the Hyannis Walk for Hope.

At the beginning of June, Housing Assistance brought its Walk for Hope to Hyannis and Falmouth.

With nearly 60 participants, the two walks raised more than $15,000 that went directly to support our agency’s homelessness prevention efforts.

At the Falmouth walk, Housing Assistance Director of Marketing and Strategic Initiatives Shawna Moose highlighted the fact that it costs, on average, $500 to keep a family or individual in a home which is far less than the $30,000 it costs to pay for a family in shelter. She said the walk will ensure Housing Assistance can continue its homeless prevention efforts; every year, the agency helps roughly 400 households on Cape Cod and the Islands stay housed.

“You’re making a huge difference,” she told more than two dozen people prior to the start of the walk.

Sue Twitchell (left) and Pamela Rothstein lead a group of walkers down Elm Road in Falmouth.

Rabbi Elias Lieberman of the Falmouth Jewish Congregation echoed those sentiments. He said that in recent years there have been members of his congregation who have experienced homelessness.  “It made me realize how important this work is and how important our efforts are,” he said. “Today, every single one of us is part of a community of faith which has faith in exactly what we’re doing – why we’re putting one foot in front of another. We believe on some fundamental level that we have the ability to bring about the kind of change that Housing Assistance Corporation works so hard to bring about.”

Learn more about Housing Assistance’s Homeless Prevention Program by clicking this link. Help us keep individuals and families in their homes and off the streets and out of shelter by making a donation to Housing Assistance here