Homelessness

Do you know someone who is experiencing homelessness or lacks stable housing?

Lower Columbia CAP provides rental assistance services to people experiencing homelessness and who are:

  • Extremely low income
  • Lack the financial resources to obtain housing
  • Literally homeless (living on the streets, in a car or tent or a place not intended for human habitation or living in an emergency shelter or transitional housing)
  • Lack the support networks needed to obtain immediate housing
  • Are prioritized for assistance through the Housing Resource Center, located inside the CAP building
  • To contact Housing Resource Center, call 360-749-8056 ext. 105

Rapid Rehousing 

Rapid Rehousing offers a comprehensive array of services, including:

  • Assistance identifying landlords for housing search
  • Move-in costs such as deposits, first/last months rent and utility deposits
  • Rental assistance that gradually decreases (while tenants’ share increases)
  • Coaching for housing stability, including help to troubleshoot issues and identify options
  • Landlord Liaison to help make a good match between tenant and landlord, and to help resolve any landlord concerns

For more information on Rapid Rehousing please call 360-425-3430 ext. 302

Housing and Essential Needs 

The Housing and Essential Needs (HEN) Program provides non-cash assistance (personal hygiene items and bus tokens) for recipients of state-funded Medical Care Services (MCS) under the HEN program. To see if you qualify for HEN non-cash assistance, contact DSHS here.

Rental assistance may be available to pay for all or a portion of rental costs, utility deposits, utility costs and moving costs.  Rental assistance is provided during entire period of program eligibility, contingent upon availability of funds. People interested in this program must first contact DSHS at 1-877-501-2233 or visit here to determine eligibility.

For information on Housing and Essential Needs, please contact 360-425-3430 ext. 213

Young Adult Housing

This program is oriented to singles and families where the head of household is between 18-24 years of age.  Eligibility is more flexible and can include people doubled up or “couch surfing” with family or friends.  Rapid Rehousing services include:

  • Assistance identifying landlords for housing search
  • Move-in costs such as deposit, first/last months’ rent and utility deposits
  • Rental assistance that gradually decreases (while tenants’ share increases)
  • Coaching for housing stability, including help to troubleshoot issues and identify options
  • Landlord Liaison to help make a good match between tenant and landlord, and to help resolve any landlord concerns

For information on the Young Adult Rapid Rehousing Program, please contact 360-425-3430 ext 302

Permanent Supportive Housing 

Permanent Supportive Housing is an evidence-based approach to achieve housing stability for people who have experienced chronic homelessness.  Most have multiple disabilities and are high users of publicly funded services prior to being housed.   Lower Columbia CAP provides intensive case management for tenants to help them overcome barriers to housing stability.  Assistance is offered to help access needed services, defray housing costs, provide expedited access to SSI/SSDI benefits and offer activities to support community integration.  The intended outcomes are increased stability and self-sufficiency on the part of participants, a high housing retention rate and reductions in the use of shelters, emergency medical services and the jail.

There is no application process for this program. All applicants are screened through the Housing Resource Center when there is an opening.

For information on Permanent Supportive Housing for Chronic Homeless, please contact 360-425-3430 x 105

Cowlitz Homeless Housing Task Force

In September 2017 the Board of County Commissioners appointed a new Homeless-Housing Task Force to update the Ten Year Plan.  This document will guide county investments of document recording fees and potentially other resources.  This task force is staffed by the Cowlitz County Health & Human Services Department, who is also coordinating the annual Project Homeless Connect service fair held every January in conjunction with the annual Point in Time Count of persons experiencing homelessness. For more information, visit this web page.