HOME Investment Partnership Program


For Immediate Release: Barnstable County Provides Emergency Rental Assistance to Cape Cod Residents

Barnstable, Massachusetts, September 9, 2020 –  The Barnstable County HOME Program announces a new emergency rental assistance program that provides relief to Cape Cod residents impacted by COVID-19.  $100,000 in HOME funds has been targeted to provide rental assistance to Barnstable County households.

The HOME Tenant Based Rental Assistance Program will be administered for Barnstable County by Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC) as part of its Homelessness Prevention and Workforce Housing Relief Fund. Eligible households can receive up to $6,000 to assist with rent arrears.  A single on-line application for this program and other rental and mortgage assistance programs is available at www.haconcapecod.org.

The Barnstable County Department of Human Services administers the HOME Program, and with assistance from the Cape Cod Commission staff, developed this important emergency rent relief program for Cape Cod residents impacted by COVID-19.

According to Beth Albert, Director of Human Services, “These funds fill an important gap in the assistance available through other programs.  Our primary concern is that people impacted by COVID-19 receive the support they need to remain in their homes.”

“As a result of the pandemic, many people remain unemployed and are uncertain how they will pay their rent to stay in their home.   This financial assistance will not only help to prevent homelessness, it will assist landlords who have been foregoing rental payments, which will support and stabilize the rental stock vital to the economic strength of the region”, according to Patty Daley, Legal and Policy Specialist for the Cape Cod Commission.

The HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) is a federal program designed to create and maintain affordable housing for low-income households. The Barnstable County HOME Consortium and Advisory Council represent the 15 towns on Cape Cod.

Contact: Renie Hamman, HOME Program Manager Irene.hamman@barnstablecounty.org


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The HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) is a Federal block grant to state and local governments designed exclusively to create affordable housing for low-income households. HOME funds a wide range of activities including building, buying, and/or rehabilitating affordable housing for rent or homeownership or providing direct rental assistance to low-income people.

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Fact Sheet

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home-funded-developments-per-town-mapThe Barnstable County HOME Consortium [BCHC] is comprised of 15 communities on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  The 15 communities are Barnstable, Bourne, Brewster, Chatham, Dennis, Eastham, Falmouth, Harwich, Mashpee, Orleans, Provincetown, Sandwich, Truro, Wellfleet, and Yarmouth.  The BCHC was formed to be a Participating Jurisdiction to receive and disburse HOME funds. In 2015, Barnstable County designated the Department of Human Services to act as the program’s lead agent, responsible to HUD for all administrative functions related to the operation of the BCHC.

As established by County ordinance in 1992, the HOME Consortium Advisory Council consists of seventeen members: one representative from each town and two at-large members.

HOME Council Member Duties 2019

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The Barnstable County Home Consortium Advisory Council was established in 1992 in Ordinance 92-3 to advise and make recommendations to the Barnstable County Commissioners regarding the administration and funding of activities to be undertaken by the BCHC. HOME 1992 County Ordinance Advisory Council.

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Meetings & Minutes

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Visit the Department of Human Services’ Calendar for HOME meetings, public hearings, and their related documents or access below:


For agendas or meeting minutes from previous years, email humanservices@barnstablecounty.org.

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Barnstable County HOME Consortium Annual Action Plan for Program Year 2019
HOME Final Consolidated Plan 2015-2019 

Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER)

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Publications and Data

Barnstable County Department of Human Services provides critical documents, resources, and related links relating to substance use. For a repository of synthesized local data in original in-house publications and reports, visit the HOME Publications and Data web page.

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For more information on the HOME Investment Partnership Program, call Renie Hamman, Program Manager at the Department of Human Services at 508-375-6622 or email renie.hamman@barnstablecounty.org.

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