Over $95,000 Raised For Housing Assistance Corporation at 12th Annual Telethon

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DENNISPORT – Housing Assistance Corporation held their 12th annual Shelter Cape Cod Telethon last night.

Over $95,000 was donated by local businesses and residents with all proceeds benefitting HAC’s four homeless shelters in Hyannis, North Falmouth and Bourne, which serves those in need on Cape Cod.

“It’s not about the money, it’s about what can be done to improve services for families and individuals who are homeless,” said HAC CEO Rick Presbrey. “It makes a huge difference.”

The telethon was broadcast from the Cape Cod Community Media Center in Dennis Port for four hours and featured a number of local legislators, emergency personnel and healthcare professionals discussing homelessness and substance abuse, as well as holiday music performed by community children’s groups and local musicians.

Homelessness is an important issue on the Cape.

The number of those that are homeless on the Cape has tripled over the last several years, including this past year, when some of the 700 displaced by the closing of the Long Island Shelter in Boston, made their way to Cape Cod.

The Regional Network on Homelessness released a study in June that found that there were over 360 people who are homeless on the Cape and Islands.

Barnstable Police cleaned up a number of homeless camps in town in September and HAC is looking for a new location for the NOAH homeless shelter that currently sits in Hyannis.

State Representative Brian Mannal attended the telethon and said help is needed.

“These are people who are your neighbors,” said Mannal. “They’re the folks who work in hotels, in restaurants and all throughout the Cape. These are people who are a member of our community and they need help.”

By JUSTIN SAUNDERS, CapeCod.com Newscenter

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