Housing Voucher Programs

THRIVE (Tools to Help Residents In a Vulnerable Economy)

THRIVE is a new program from Housing Assistance Corporation that provides a shallow monthly rental subsidy, paired with required coaching to achieve financial goals. The program is currently targeted towards households with a member working in childcare or with people with disabilities or households in certain town whose income is 100% of area median income or below.

Learn More about THRIVE

Voucher holders: you can receive quicker service by completing the form(s) that the state requires for your program and sending the completed form to your program representative.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Section 8 voucher holders who experience a decrease in income due to the outbreak will not be held to the two voluntary interims between regular re-exams.

In response to the pandemic Housing Assistance Corporation has implemented a work-from-home home policy for staff. The goal of this policy is to keep client services as operational as possible while also keeping our staff and clients safe and reducing the spread of the disease. As a result, our ability to process various requests and functions may be delayed as Personal Identifying Information is not accessible from home to protect confidentiality. We are staggering staff time in the office in order to process the work. Additionally, inspections will be conducted on a very limited basis to keep staff and the community safe.

We appreciate your patience during this unprecedented time.

Inspection Questions: Contact Logan Patrick, lpatrick@haconcapecod.org, (508) 771-5400 x245

For any non-inspection-related questions, Leased Housing Department assigns tenants to the Program Representative based upon the first letter of the tenant’s last name. Please call our main phone number (508) 771-5400 and then enter the extension number for the caseworker assigned to your last name:

Lead Counselor Meredith Bell ext. 243
A through K Heidi Hartnett ext. 241
L through Z Meaghan Swanson ext. 246
MRVP Peggy McMahon ext. 234
Leasing Specialist Chris Ficcardi ext. 114

Housing Assistance is the regional administrator for Section 8 vouchers, which provide financial assistance to low-income tenants. HAC manages over a third of the 2,000 Section 8 vouchers on the Cape and works closely with the town housing authorities that manage the other vouchers. Section 8 is an essential safety net, helping to provide safe, stable and decent housing for the elderly, disabled and other tenants who qualify for Section 8 assistance. Scroll down for applications to the Section 8 and MRVP voucher programs. There are many other programs and place-based opportunities. Click here for a full list of subsidized housing opportunities and contact information.

HAC’s Leased Housing Department pours millions back into local economy annually, helping about 900 households and 650 property owners each year. HAC provides rental assistance using federal and state subsidies for people throughout Cape Cod and the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. This, in turn, allows property owners to pay their mortgages; and it allows our workforce to continue to live on Cape Cod.

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HAC’s tenant corner
HAC’s Landlord Corner

The Family Self-Sufficiency Program is a voluntary five-year employment and savings incentive program for Housing Assistance’s Section 8 housing voucher families who wish to become financially self-sufficient. It includes:

  • Case management
  • Detailed plan to reach goals – education, employment, financial
  • Counseling/referrals
  • Escrow savings account up to $25,000
  • First time homebuyer bonus of $5,000

For more information or to sign up for FSS, contact:

Jan Nelson at 508-771-5400, x244 or jnelson@haconcapecod.org

View HAC’s FSS Newsletter

“Jan, kept me on track and focused, asking me what I need and giving me links to resources. Knowing someone has my back and is advocating for my success means so much to me.”

– Angelina, Family Self-Sufficiency Program Graduate