Topics: Housing and homelessness

Chatham Secures Land For Housing; What's Next?

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – With the finalization of the purchase of 2.5 acres of land in West Chatham, the town now has more than eight acres of land available for construction of affordable and attainable housing. Now begins the hard work of determining how to develop the properties. The town has hired Barrett Consulting to help coordinate the process, and the first of what will likely be several community engagement sessi...

Habitat For Humanity Dedicates Six New Homes In West Harwich

By: William F. Galvin

WEST HARWICH – Thursday was a great day for 11 children and 11 adults who now have homes they can call their own. Habitat for Humanity Cape Cod held a dedication and celebration for the new owners of six affordable homes constructed with the support of volunteers, community generosity and sweat equity on Murray Lane in West Harwich. It was a day that saw a crowd of more than 150 people turn out ...

Housing Trust Delves Into Action Plan With Consultant

By: William F. Galvin

Plan May Be Completed Before Next Summer HARWICH – The affordable housing trust could have a housing action plan in place before next summer, according to a schedule provided to the trust by Jennifer Goldson of JM Goldson LLC, the community preservation and planning consultant hired to help develop the plan. Goldson conducted a Zoom meeting with trust members last week and provided a timeline for...

Imagine this, said Tim Cornwell, keynote speaker at Thursday’s regional housing summit: twice the number of people seated in the Cape Codder’s 400-capacity ballroom no longer could afford to buy a home as first-time homebuyers today because their combined household income is under $200,000. With the median home price doubling in the last two years, the Cape is losing more than 800 households a year making $100...

Housing Trust Seeks Community Direction For Action Plan

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The affordable housing trust wants to create a dialogue with residents of the community on housing needs, density and style as it begins working with a consultant to develop a housing action plan. The trust held a forum on Oct. 4 which drew about 35 people. One of the main focuses of the session was the development of the former James Marceline property, a 13.34-acre parcel on the east side of Pleasa...

Seven Units Proposed For W. Harwich Schoolhouse

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – T h e new owner of the former West Harwich schoolhouse was before the affordable housing trust last week with a preliminary plan for housing at the historic structure. Although in the conceptual stage, John Carey said he is planning to establish seven apartments at 5 Bell’s Neck Rd. Carey also said there would be very little alteration to the historic facade of the schoolhouse, con...

HARWICH – Voters will be asked in the Oct. 18 s pecial town meeting to authorize selectmen to acquire t he West Harwich Baptist Church property. T own officials say the 1.56 acre parcel could be used for sewering needs, workforce housing and cemetery purposes. Selectmen have agreed to place the article in the special town meeting warrant, but they took no action last week on a recommendation ...

ORLEANS – The former Governor Prence Inn will stand on Route 6A for at least a few more months while town officials work to get an estimate for the cost of demolition. During a joint meeting on Aug. 26, the select board and the affordable housing trust fund board both opted against putting an article before voters at next month's special town meeting seeking authorization to raze the property. Officials hope t...

CHATHAM — For nearly four decades, the houses in the Chatham Housing Opportunity Program, or CHOP, have been home to a rare breed of residents: working class families with children. But with affordability protections due to expire in 2028, officials are worried about the loss of badly needed workforce housing units – and the young families that need them. CHOP was Chatham’s first affordable housing neighborhoo...

BREWSTER — The Brewster Chamber of Commerce partnered with town officials Thursday, Aug. 4, to offer tours at the grand opening of Serenity Apartments, a 130-unit, independent living community for residents 55 and up. Located at 873 Harwich Rd., the facility formerly housed Epoch, Wingate and Brewster Manor assisted living. The fully renovated building is adjacent to the Cape Cod Rail Trail. “You really c...

Backpack To School Returns For 21st Year

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS — As the cost of goods and services continues to rise, it can be tough these days for families to cover all of their needs. With the start of a new school year just a few weeks away, that also includes paying for back-to-school supplies. The Homeless Prevention Council helped provide approximately 250 new backpacks full of supplies for students and families on the Lower and Outer Cape in 2021, and Hadl...

New 132-Unit Serenity Apartments Opens In Brewster

By: Bronwen Walsh

BREWSTER – The Brewster Chamber of Commerce is holding an 11 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony today (Aug. 4) for the grand opening of the final 91 units at the Serenity Apartments at Brewster, a newly revitalized 55-plus independent senior community at 873 Harwich Rd. Adjacent to the Cape Cod Rail Trail, the two-story, 132-unit complex features 400- to 500-square-foot studio or one-bedroom apartments with a f...

BREWSTER – Hiring a program administrator was the first goal of the Brewster Housing Production Plan approved by the Select Board June 30, 2017. Three weeks later, the town completed that goal by hiring Jill Scalise as housing coordinator. A self-proclaimed “data person,” Scalise is Cape Cod’s lead contact for administering Regional Community Development Block Grant funding for housing rehabilitation and child...

Tax Credits Could Help Boost Affordable Housing

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The affordable housing trust is looking at the use of Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) in a public/private partnership as a way to develop affordable housing. In the trust’s June 27 meeting, resident David Bernie and Scot Butcher of Chatham, a tax incentive finance/tax credit service provider, laid out a route to expanding affordable housing stock without development costs to the town. The 1...

New Development Proposed For The Center Of Harwich Port

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH PORT — The vacant lot with the white picket fence across Route 28 from Cumberland Farms in Harwich Port may soon contain a mixed use development with a couple of restaurants, retail space and five residential units on the second floor. Main Street HP LLC will be going before the planning board on July 12 seeking a site plan review special permit and use special permit with waivers for the development. ...

WEST CHATHAM — For many people, finding an affordable place to live and raise their children on Cape Cod can seem like an impossible dream. But for the two families who will be purchasing new Habitat for Humanity homes in West Chatham, those dreams are becoming reality. Those prospective homeowners, screened by Habitat and chosen by lottery, helped raise the first walls of their new houses in an emotional cere...