Homeless and Housing Program

Emergency Food & Shelter Program Funds Received

Chehalis, WA – The Lewis County Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP) has received $109,899 in federal funds to distribute to local non-profit organizations or governments that operate emergency food and/or shelter programs.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) provided $64,593. The balance of $45,306 came from Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“Both of these grants will be allocated by the Lewis County FEMA board. Its experience in allocating these funds is very helpful with so much need and such a short timeline.” according to Meja Handlen, Housing Coordinator at Lewis County Public Health & Social Services (LCPHSS).

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 May 15, 2020 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

Request for Projects (RFP) Extended to May 15, 2020 at 4 pm

For the purposes of this competitive Request for Projects Lewis County Public Health & Social Services (hereinafter referred to as the “County”) is combining a number of funding sources into one application process. The RFP is for categories of services that form the elements of a homeless housing system. Update: Application deadline is extended to May 15 at 4 pm. Information

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

Human Response Network http://thehumanresponsenetwork.org/
125 NW Chehalis Avenue, Chehalis, WA 98532 (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 http://lewiscsp.org/
621 South Diamond, Centralia, WA 98531 360-736-5140

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

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
    409 North Tower Avenue, Centralia, WA 98531 (360) 736-1800
  • Homeless Prevention
  • Weatherization

Salvation Army https://centralia.salvationarmy.org/centralias/overcome-poverty/
303 North Gold, Centralia, WA 98531
(360) 736-4339

  • Homeless Prevention
  • Meal Assistance
  • Job Training
  • Food Bank
  • Hygiene Center

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