Homeless and Housing Program

Lewis County Public Health & Social Services (PHSS) is currently developing a 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 will include required components which will 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.

This plan will be reviewed by the PHSS Advisory Board and ultimately recommended for approval by the Board of County Commissioners on November 25, 2019.

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
    https://www.caclmt.org/
    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

https://lewiscountygospelmission.org/

https://www.bethel-church.com/hcm

Public Health & Social Services contact:

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