Community Action Committee of Cape Cod & Islands Inc

aka CACCI   |   Hyannis, MA   |  www.cacci.cc

Mission

MISSION STATEMENT Community Action Committee of Cape Cod & Islands, Inc. is committed to providing services to help empower and improve the lives of low-income residents of Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket counties in Massachusetts by providing resources and self-advocacy skills to attain and support self-sufficiency.

Ruling year info

1967

Principal Officer

Mrs. Estella Fritzinger

Main address

115 Enterprise Rd

Hyannis, MA 02601

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EIN

04-2396835

NTEE code info

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Housing Search Assistance (L30)

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

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Client Self Sufficiency Programs

The Client Self Sufficiency Program, ( C.S.S. ) operates six programs designed to help people with low and moderate income levels to be self sufficient. These programs are: HAP, ( Housing Assistance Program), RHAP, (Rental Housing Assistance Program), Missie’s Closet, and the Asset Development programs. C.S.S. community advocates interview individuals and families in need of help with housing, other basic human needs and education on how to increase their assets. Community Advocates enroll them in C.S.S. programs and or refer to CACCI programs that address child care, health insurance, elder services and emergency shelter needs. Referrals and advocacy assistance are made to other community organizations or public agencies addressing housing, fuel and utility bill payment relief, transportation needs, job search, and emergency financial assistance is provided.

HAP - Housing Assistance Program-Housing Search/ Homeless Prevention Services
Housing search services and housing readiness case management for families in Safe Harbor shelter and assists households with homeless prevention through advocacy, information and referral services.A new program is the Hyannis Homeless outreach worker program for the Mian Street business district and a 24/7 hotline for emergency homelessness assistance.

RHAP - Rental Housing Assistance Program

Short-term housing voucher program for households working or living in the Town of Barnstable to help make rental housing more affordable.

Missie’s Closet

Emergency food, clothing, diapers and household necessities pantry.   Open weekdays for clients/ residents of the Cape and Islands from 9 to 5pm at CACCI Headquarters.

Asset Development Programs- IDA, ( Individual Development Account Program); Financial Literacy; VITA, ( Volunteer Income tax Assistance)

IDA is a special savings account designed to match your savings dollar for dollar. The savings are then invested in the purchase of first time homeownership, small business and/or education.

Finding Pathways to Prosperity is our 4 part financial literacy program. The program educates and provides participants with skills and knowledge to plan for their financial well-being.

VITA is a free tax preparation and filing service for low-moderate income residents. CACCI’s VITA site files both federal & state (Mass only) returns using the IRS website by appointment only at CACCI in Hyannis. We help claim EITC, Child & Dependent Care and Education Credits.

FY ’08 Accomplishments:

HAP – Safe Harbor Housing Search-35 households moved from homelessness to stable housing. 59 intakes were completed and 59 housing search plans and self- sufficiency plans were created. 

HAP – Homeless Prevention-138 requests for assistance resulted in increased access to supportive services and resources. 30 households maintained their tenancy, 25 households gained safe affordable permanent housing. 50 households were advised on applying for subsidized housing and 28 households were given information and referral services.

HAP – Advocacy-229 Intakes were completed. 229 received information & referrals that resulted in increased access to resources. 229 households in crisis emergencyneeds were ameliorated. 132 families received advocacy for food, 10 families received emergency payments to vendors, including fuel and energy bills, 13 families received shelter advocacy, 10 families received emergency medical care, 12 families received protection from violence, 2 clients received advocacy for legal assistance, 2 clients received advocacy for transportation, 94 families received tenancy advocacy, 48 families received advocacy for public benefits.

Rental Housing Assistance Program-2 participants were enrolled in the program.

Missie’s Closet-total of 81 households were served. 73 received food, 41 received clothing, 19 received household items and 24 received advocacy.

Individual Development Account Program-13 clients are enrolled in the program. 100% completed and maintained a budget for over 90 days. 1 enrolled who will capitalize a small business with savings.1 enrolled who will pursue postsecondary education with savings.11 enrolled who will pursue a home with savings. 4 participants have purchased a home with savings. 

Financial Literacy Education-Outreach was conducted to 100 clients.45 clients enrolled and attended the classes. 100% completed and maintained a budget for over 90 days.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program-136 households received free tax assistance and claimed a tax credit.65% of households received tax credits as a 100% of total households served. $112,134.00 total dollar value of EITC credits.

Total Clients Served: 758

Population(s) Served

CACCI operates two shelters for homeless individuals and families: Pilot House shelter for addicted chronically homeless individuals provides housing at this 19 community bed facility located in Hyannis serving the Cape Cod and Islands region using a therapeutic model . Individual case management is used to transition  residents who have met their goal of sobriety to more permanent or supportive housing. 5 additional units are available for those who have 6 months sobriety and need additional supportive services before transitioning to independent living.
Seventy-five persons, on average, each year are provided shelter. The total number of persons housed through the Pilot House Program from 2003-2008 has been 420.

Safe Harbor Shelter is an emergency shelter for women and children who have chosen to leave an abusive relationship and begin to rebuild their lives. Families work to secure housing, employment and continuing education and counseling while the children attend the on site child care center or local schools. There are 20 apartment units that serve approximately 45 families a year.

Population(s) Served

Child Care Network provides information and referral services for low and moderate income families seeking child care and/or other early care and education resources, including information on child care tuition assistance opportunities. CCN also offers an extensive calendar of workshops and training events for parents and early care and education providers.

The lack of affordable and accessible quality child care continues to be a barrier for low-income Cape and Islands families as they attempt to work towards self-sufficiency. The growing wait list for state funded tuition assistance  means some eligible families will never access affordable licensed child care. The number of early education programs and qualified staff available to provide early education and care for families in the service delivery area have decreased as a result of the high cost of providing care, low state reimbursement rates, and low staff salaries.  
Cape and Islands families do not always have the information and resources necessary to make knowledgeable choices while seeking education and care options for their child(ren). For some families this may be a result of language and cultural barriers. CCN strives to improve the accessibility, affordability, and quality of early education and care opportunities for clients and their families. For some families this may be a result of language and cultural barriers. CCN strives to improve the accessibility, affordability, and quality of early education and care opportunities for clients and their families.

Population(s) Served

The H.O.currently uninsured, are assisted with enrollment and linked to a Primary Care Provider. These programs offer low-cost health care coverage to eligible families—including access to clinics, doctors, and dentists, well-child screenings, and prescription drug coverage.  H.O.Portuguese and Spanish and are located throughout Cape Cod. The Cape and Islands Network for Access to Care (CINAC) was developed in 2008, lead by the H.O.P.E. Project staff. The CINAC works in collaboration with local health and human service agencies and Community Health Centers throughout Cape Cod and the Islands

Population(s) Served

Cape United Elders (CUE) – is a grassroots senior activist organization, whose activities include: nursing home advocacy, monitoring, and reform; skill building for caregivers; advocacy for senior access to public transportation, housing, public benefits, and adequate home care services; and access to quality affordable health care and prescription drugs.CACCI provides space and staff support for CUE and CUE volunteers are involved and benefit from the Senior Programs: Care givers support program and SNAP food stamp enrollment and outreach for low income seniors needing nutritional food supplement for their health and well being.

Population(s) Served

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Affiliations & memberships

Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization (i.e. Girl Scouts of the USA, American Red Cross, etc.) - Affiliate/chapter 1970

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) 2000

Prevent Child Abuse America - Member 2000

Financials

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Community Action Committee of Cape Cod & Islands Inc

Board of directors
as of 06/04/2016
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Chairman David Willard

Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank

Term: 2007 - 2011


Board co-chair

Vice Chairman Arthur Desrocher

Royden Richardson

CHIPS House

Adelaide Queeney

Child Care Center Provider

David Willard

Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank

Arthur Desrocher

Retired- Private sector-formerly with Ma Maritime Academy

Ray Gottwald

Private Sector

Bette Vagen

Cape United Elders

Desire Hendricks-Moreno

Wampanoag Tribe

Madeline Taylor

Barnstable Senior Center

Carlos Barbosa

Colors of Cape Cod

Deborah Cusolito

Target population

Edgar Casey

Target population-homeless, Pilot House Shelter

Paul Niedzwiecki

Cape Cod Commission

Laura Shufelt

Falmouth Housing Authority- Rep. Eric Turkington

Kathy Quatronomi

Cape and Island's District Attorney's Office