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Notice of Public Meetings on Cape’s Housing Supply

Barnstable County’s Cape Cod Commission is hosting a series of public meetings to discuss the housing supply on Cape Cod, including the housing needs by type and demographics. The meetings will help identify unique subregional differences in housing supply, impediments to the creation of new, year-round housing, and inform the broader regional perspective.

A study now under way by the Cape Cod Commission seeks to quantify the existing supply and demand, and look 10 years down the road.  The study will provide detailed measurements of existing housing shortages and forecasted supply-and-demand gaps over the next 10 years and begin development of regional strategies to meet identified needs.  The study’s objective is to show what housing products are obtainable to households at a range of income levels up to 160% of median income without overspending housing budgets (generally considered 30-40% of household income). The supply of these housing products, compared to the regional demand for them, will show any gaps that exist between housing availability and demand for households of different demographics.


Wednesday, May 3, Lower Cape, 1:30 – 3:00, Chatham Community Center, 702 Main Street, Chatham
Wednesday, May 3, Mid-Cape, 6:00-7:30, Cape Cod Commission, 3225 Main Street, Barnstable
Thursday, May 4, Upper Cape, 9:00-10:30, Mashpee Town Hall, 16 Great Neck Road, Mashpee
Thursday, May 4, Outer Cape, 2:30-4:00, Wellfleet Library, 55 West Main Street, Wellfleet
The final meeting will be held June 23, 2017, as part of the OneCape summit at the Cape Cod Resort & Conference Center in Hyannis.

For more information, contact Heather Harper, Affordable Housing Specialist at or 508-362-3828.

Issues related to housing, its supply, location and ability to create are part of the ongoing update to the Regional Policy Plan. The Commission is looking at approaches to direct new housing development into regional activity centers, creating compact, vibrant, and walkable centers in which Cape residents of all life stages and incomes can live, work and play.  Cape Cod Commission is the regional land use planning, economic development, and regulatory agency created in 1990 to serve the citizens and 15 towns that comprise Barnstable County, Massachusetts. The Commission works toward maintaining a healthy balance between economic progress and environmental vitality, is responsible for regional planning, policy, and regulations to help manage growth, and supports the Cape’s 15 towns with cost-effective planning and technical services.

Affordable Housing and Homelessness are major health and human service focus areas for the Barnstable County Department of Human Services. The Department supports regional efforts by convening the Cape and Islands Regional Network on Homelessness, serving as the collaborative applicant for the HUD-funded Continuum of Care Grant Program, and administering the HOME Investment Partnership Program.