The Homeless Prevention Council (HPC) is a 501 (c)3 organization established in 1991 to address homelessness in the eight towns on the Lower/Outer Cape. As a community based organization, HPC is positioned to identify the unique problems and the available resources to assist clients to avoid becoming homeless. The agency works with other advocacy groups, town agencies and churches to help people access housing, transportation, food, clothing and other needs.
The Mission of the Homeless Prevention Council is to combat and prevent homelessness with the ultimate goal of assisting and empowering near homeless individuals and families to attain sustained self-sufficiency and preserve their housing.
Our programs and services fall into two main categories:
HPC provides professional case management services that give extensive counseling and guidance to those at risk of becoming homeless. This aspect of the client services includes: advocacy/access to housing programs and funding; budgeting; and negotiation for rent and mortgage back-payments. In addition, the case managers are well aware that lack of financial resources is a major concern for many of their clients.
Clients are encouraged to assess their current financial situation including their ability to earn a living and, if appropriate, the case managers assist those individuals in their pursuit of further job training and/or education. The ultimate goal is to empower and assist people to attain self-sufficiency.
HPC responded to the specific needs of the homeless in Provincetown by helping to create the Provincetown Coalition for the Homeless. The Soup Kitchen in Provincetown was established and now feeds an average of 50 people a day between the months of November and May. Local serves two meals a week at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Orleans.
HPC was one of the original sponsors of the initiative to assist individuals ready to be released from detoxification and recovery programs through the building of Canal House, a residence for people in recovery from substance abuse. The case managers provide their services to the residents of Canal House as requested. HPC is also the umbrella organization for the Lower Cape Lunch (Local).
The Backpack to School program was developed to assist families whose budgets do not include this annual expense. See details under program heading.
The Adopt-A-Family program was developed to assist families at the holiday season. Knowing they want to provide a nice holiday for their children, the agency develped this program so family budgets would not suffer.