HISTORY OF THE HOMELESS PREVENTION COUNCIL
The Homeless Prevention Council (HPC) was organized as a 501c3 non-profit agency in May, 1991. Originators were various local churches and the agency was named "The Interfaith Council for the Homeless".
The need for such an agency was determined by the Lower/Outer Cape Community Coalition who, at the time, created various local focus groups that resulted in the creation of several grass rooots organizations to address the various issues. Many of them continue to provide service on the Lower Cape i.e., the Children's Place, the Community Development Partnership and the Ellen Jones Dental Clinic.
Christine "Chris" Austin was the first Executive Director at HPC. Nancy Roberts joined Chris to provide case management services to those who were at risk of becoming homeless. As the agency grew, additional staff were added to meet the growing need in the community.
With professional case managers, HPC has provided direction to clients by forming relationships with anyone and everyone who works with or for struggling families and individuals on the Lower Cape. HPC understands the importance of collaboration. In addition to connecting with agencies on the Lower Cape, HPC represents the Lower Cape on the Cape and Islands Regional Network to End Homelessness.
The office was originally located in a building parallel to Route 6A in Orleans. Later, it moved to Cove Road and eventually to its current location at 14 Old Tote Road, perpendicular to Old Colony Way, Orleans.