HAC Officials to Vote on NOAH Shelter Hand-Off

CCB MEDIA PHOTO NOAH Shelter in Hyannis

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NOAH Shelter in Hyannis

HYANNIS – The Housing Assistance Corporation Board of Directors will meet tonight to discuss a proposal to transfer management of the Noah Homeless Shelter to a different organization.

HAC has been in talks to hand-off the operation to Catholic Social Services of the Diocese of Fall River. Officials with Catholic Social Services say the agreement is “a go” on their end.

A vote on the tentative agreement is expected tonight.

“We found somebody that can run the facility really well that we can feel comfortable about and then we can really devote more thought, energy and resources to the shortage of rental housing on Cape Cod,” said Housing Assistance Corporation CEO Rick Presbrey.

Catholic Social Services already runs three shelters in southeastern Massachusetts and has a presence on Cape Cod. The organization has long had an office on South Street in Hyannis and also operates St. Clare’s, which provides services and transitional housing for women coming out of prison.

“For us it made much sense,” said John Kearns, a Fall River Diocese spokesman. “Catholic Social Services spends a lot of resources trying to serve the homeless population.”

HAC, town officials and other agencies have been discussing a possible move of the NOAH shelter out of Hyannis.

Presbrey said he will continue to work with the Transitional Living Center Committee on securing and funding a new location.

“In the meantime, the Catholic Social Services people will join the committee and will be participating in that and we’ll see how it goes,” Presbrey said.

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