Homeless and Housing Program

Emergency Food & Shelter Program Funds Received

Chehalis, WA – The Lewis County Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP) has received $40,695 in federal funds to distribute to local non-profit organizations or governments that operate emergency food and/or shelter programs.

These funds will have to be distributed to qualifying entities that: 1) are private, voluntary nonprofits or units of government, 2) are eligible to receive federal funds, 3) have an accounting system, 4) practice non-discrimination, 5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 6) if they are a private, voluntary organization, have a volunteer board. Eligible organizations must also have a federal identification number (FEIN) and a Dun and Bradstreet (DUNS) number. DUNS are issued at no cost. More information on DUNS can be found at https://www.dnb.com/duns-number/get-a-duns.html

Qualifying agencies interested in applying for EFSP funds can find the application at https://lewiscountywa.gov/departments/public-health/. Applications must be submitted electronically to meja.handlen@lewiscountywa.gov no later than 4 pm February 19, 2021 in order to be considered.

For further information on the EFSP funding program, visit the Emergency Food and Shelter Program website: www.efsp.unitedway.org

5-Year Housing and Homelessness Strategic Plan

Lewis County Public Health & Social Services (PHSS) has adopted the new 5-Year Housing and Homelessness Strategic Plan. This 5-year plan serves as a guide for projects that use state and local funds to serve individuals experiencing homelessness and support affordable housing opportunities in our community.

In collaboration with the Department of Commerce, the plan includes required components that guide us in reaching deliverables around reducing homelessness in Lewis County. The components are:

1) Quickly identify and engage people experiencing homelessness

2) Prioritize housing for people with the greatest needs

3) Operate an effective and efficient homeless crisis response system that swiftly moves people into stable permanent housing

4) Project the impact of the fully implemented local plans on the number of households housed and the number of households left unsheltered, assuming existing resources and state policies

5) Address racial disparities among people experiencing homelessness.

Contracted Housing Providers in Lewis County:

Shelter and Rental Assistance

Hope Alliance (formerly Human Response Network) https://hopealliancelc.org/
815 W. Main St., Centralia, WA 98531 (360) 748-6601 (800) 244-7414

  • Services for Domestic Violence Survivors
  • Emergency Shelter Services for Women and Children
  • Medical Advocacy
  • Rape Crisis Services
  • Protection Orders
  • Support Groups
  • Community Education and Outreach
  • Crime Victim’s Compensation

Housing Resource Center https://www.hrclewiscounty.com/
621 South Diamond, Centralia, WA 98531 360-736-5140

  • Emergency Shelter Services
  • Homeless Prevention
  • Housing and Essential Needs
  • Rapid Rehousing
  • Case Management
  • Community Education and Outreach

Gather Church https://www.gatherchurch.com/

100 Rock St., Centralia, WA 98531 360-827-0264

  • Coordinated Entry
  • Food Box Delivery
  • Care Coordination
  • Meds First Clinic
  • Clothing Bank
  • Eat Free Cafe

Housing Opportunities of Southwest Washington http://www.longviewha.org/
360-423-0140 Toll Free (866) 570-8840
“Serving the low income citizens of Longview and the unincorporated areas of Cowlitz, Lewis, Wahkiakum and Pacific Counties in Washington State.”

Homeless Prevention Services

Community Action Council of Lewis, Mason and Thurston Counties https://www.caclmt.org/
409 North Tower Avenue, Centralia, WA 98531 360-736-1800

  • Weatherization

Salvation Army https://centralia.salvationarmy.org/centralias/overcome-poverty/
303 North Gold, Centralia, WA 98531

  • Homeless Prevention
  • Meal Assistance
  • Job Training
  • Food Bank
  • Hygiene Center
  • T-RAP (Emergency rental assistance)

Permanent Supportive Housing

Reliable Enterprises http://reliableenterprises.org/housing-services/
Eligibility for permanent supportive housing is done in conjunction with Coordinated Entry Services through Housing Resource Center http://lewiscsp.org/

Food & Shelter Services



Public Health & Social Services contact:

Meja Handlen, Housing Coordinator
360 NW North St.
Chehalis, WA 98532
Phone: 360-740-1234
Fax: 360-740-1438