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Lewis County assistance programs.

Get help with rent, mortgage, utility bills, and find additional assistance in Lewis County and Chehalis Washington. Numerous non-profits, charities, and other organizations offer assistance to low income, the working poor, and unemployed in the area.

Rental assistance in Lewis County

Love INC of Lewis County offers those who need help limited financial assistance with paying for their rent. Call the non-profit at (360) 748 - 8611.

Another agency to contact is the Salvation Army of Lewis County at (360) 736 - 4339. They offer low income residents, who have received an eviction notice, with limited rent assistance. Find additional rent help.

Mortgage and/or rental assistance

Call White Pass Community Services. (360) 496 - 2322. They offer limited mortgage help and rent assistance.

HUD approved foreclosure counseling

If you are behind on your mortgage or facing a foreclosure, call a counselor at American Financial Solutions. (800) 894 - 5307. This non-profit organization employs various housing and mortgage counselors who will provide free foreclosure counseling and mortgage assistance to consumers who are behind, or anticipate being behind on their mortgage payments. Trained housing counselors will then discuss options available, including loan modifications, short sales, and other options to help resolve mortgage issues and stop a foreclosure from proceeding. Read more on foreclosure programs.

Emergency free food

Destiny Christian Center, which is located in Centralia, provides free food and groceries. (360) 736-6443




Also call the Greater Chehalis Food Bank at (360) 748-1226. This charity provides food to individuals and families in need of help.

Help for bills, housing expenses, and other assistance programs

Probably the first place to call for help is DSHS - Community Service Office of Chehalis and Lewis County. While they offer multiple forms of aid, the most applicable may be Emergency Assistance. Low income, TANF, and other clients may apply for supplemental financial assistance for a variety of expenses. Money may be available to help people who are faced with an emergency caused by circumstances out of their control. Funding and cash grants may be approved for paying bills and expenses, such as eviction notices; deposit move-in costs for homeless individuals and families; or money for paying electric, gas, heating fuel or oil bills, water/sewer or telephone utility shutoff notices. Up to $750 may be provided. (877) 501 - 2233

Salvation Army in Chehalis and Lewis County is one of the leading non-profit charity type organizations in the region. Several different social and family services are available, including emergency financial assistance, programs for seniors, and case management. Some examples of the resources include free food, funds for paying rent or heating/utility bills, medications, and more. Some non-monetary support may be provided in Lewis County too, and this is in effect often more important. For example, get help in finding affordable housing, access job training programs, and enroll into case management services. Read more.

Lewis County Shelter Program can offer help to the low income and homeless as part of Housing and Essential Needs Grant Funds. The non-profit focuses on housing needs, ranging from unpaid rent to utility bills. There is also perishable goods, free food and household items, such as personal hygiene and clothing available.

DHS and the Shelter Agency can offer grants for paying back rent or a security deposit, and arrange for other needs to be met. There may even be funds for paying utility or water bills, low interest loans and more, however all financial aid is limited. Read Lewis County Shelter Program.







Community Action Lewis County

This is a non-profit that both provides immediate access to financial assistance programs for paying bills, and also support to people to give them long term success.

Energy and utility bill help - Fuel funds and grants are funds donated by local businesses and customers of local utilities and power companies to help people in need pay their utility bills and avoid disconnection of their service.

Rent and eviction prevention - Get rent help from the federal government Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP). The funds being paid out under this federal government funded program are intended to target families and individuals who would be homeless but for this assistance. The funds from the government will provide for a variety of financial assistance, including: short-term or medium-term rental assistance and housing relocation and stabilization services, including such activities as mediation, security or utility deposits, debt and credit counseling, utility bill payments, moving cost assistance, and case management services.

Free Food - Aid from the USDA Surplus Commodities. Many staples and other groceries are available.

Self sufficiency - Case managers partner with clients to help them overcome barriers to employment or education. The agency helps low income families in Lewis County gain stability.

Call the Lewis County community action agency at (360) 438-1100, or find more details.

By Jon McNamara

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