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Community Action Agencies are nonprofit and public groups funded by the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), a federal program that allocates funding to states to connect Americans to greater opportunity.
The nation’s Community Action Agencies embody our nation’s spirit of hope, change people’s lives, and improve communities. When national, state and local leaders tap into these agencies’ experience, they can promote workable solutions that connect more families to opportunity – and make America a better place to live for everyone.
Community Action Agencies try to ensure that the assistance goes to the least fortunate. The agency helps with free financial help for paying bills, applications to public benefits, and other expenses. They also offer financial support to senior citizens, disabled, unemployed, and households living in poverty.
If you are stressed and dealing with a short term financial hardship, be sure to stop by or call your local community action agency for assistance. Community action agencies may help with the following, please check for available with the agency directly.
- Help for preventing homelessness.
- Pre-School Scholarship Program
- Foreclosure Prevention Programs
- Home repair programs, including low interest loans.
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
- Job training and placement.
- Mortgage, housing, and credit counseling services
- Childcare for poor working parents
- Head Start programs for children.
- Emergency Food and Shelter Program
- Free food and meals
- Job Development, Training and Computer Literacy Services
- Home Energy Assistance Program.
- Weatherization Assistance Program
- Home Ownership Planning Education
- Prescription Drug Assistance Vouchers
- Rental Assistance program
- Transportation & Aging centers for seniors
Benton Franklin County Community Action Committee
720 West Court Street
Pasco, Washington 99301-4178
Telephone number is (509) 545-4042.
Some of what is offered includes shelters, eviction prevention, utility bill help from Helping Hands Program, and referrals to loan programs and other financial aid. Another BFCA center is at 424 6th Street, Prosser, WA 99350, dial (509) 786-3379.
Blue Mountain Action Council
Address is 342 Catherine Street
Walla Walla, WA 99362-3057
Covers counties of Columbia, Walla Walla, and Garfield.
Children, the elderly, and working poor get get help overcoming challenges, receive referrals to resources such as weatherization and receive support for exiting poverty.
Location of Blue Mountain Action Council is 1520 Kelly Place, Suite 140, Walla Walla, WA 99362. Call 509.529.4980 for more information or application.
Central Area Motivation Program (CAMP)
722 18th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122-0437
Only runs programs and counseling for the City of Seattle and low income families in that immediate region.
Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council
Main address is 620 Lewis Street
Wenatchee, Washington 98801
Call (509) 662-6156 for intake
Clark County Department of Community Services
1601 E. 4th Plain Blvd., Bg 17, Suite C214
Vancouver, WA 98668-5000
Call (360) 397-2130
Emergency services can be provided by referral. Or apply for government aid such as Head Start or LIHEAP. A number of employment and job training programs may also be offered by the non-profit. Assistance is available across the entire county. For more information or to apply, call the Clark County Department of Community Services. The main office is at 1601 E. 4th Plain Blvd., Bg 17, Suite C214, Vancouver, Washington 98668-5000. Call 1-877-211-9274 for referrals.
Coastal Community Action Program
Main address is 117 E. 3rd Street
Aberdeen, WA 98520
Telephone – (360) 533-5100
Counties are Grays Harbor and Pacific. There is a focus on hunger.. and homeless prevention, workfirst job training, and other assistance.
There are three offices of CCAP – Coastal Community Action Agency. The locations are:
- 117 E Third Street, Aberdeen, WA 98520, dial (360) 533-5100
- North Pacific County office is at 500 W Robert Bush Dr., South Bend, Washington 98, phone 360-875-4123
- South Pacific County office – Address is 1505 Pacific Ave N, Long Beach, Washington 98631, main phone 360-642-6100
Community Action Center Whitman County
350 SE Fairmont Road
Pullman, WA 99163
Dial (509) 334-9147
The non-profit agency bases its programming on a fully comprehensive family development model that approaches the applicant as a unit. They focus on the entire family, the interdependence of its members, and involve the larger community as needed. The ultimate goal of Community Action Center Whitman to reinforce family values and to encourage the unit to establish support networks within the area to support them in their efforts toward achieving self-sufficiency.
Community Action Council of Lewis, Mason & Thurston Counties
420 Golf Club Road. SE, Suite 100
Lacey, WA 98503
Telephone: (360) 438-1100
If you need help finding a job, gaining new skills, or short term aid, then call this agency. Programs are directly offered, or they can refer families to local resources. Some services from this Washington agency include Emergency Food Assistance Program, cash grants for rent from Housing and Essential Needs (HEN), and many others.
There are three main local centers of Community Action Council of Lewis, Mason, and Thurston Counties. They are as follows. Call for more information or intake.
- Lewis County site is at 409 N. Tower Ave., Centralia, WA 98531, 360-736-1800
- Mason County, 807 W. Railroad Ave., Shelton, WA 98584, telephone 360-426-9726
- Thurston County office – 420 Golf Club Road SE, Lacey, Washington 98503. Call 360-438-1100
El Centro De La Raza
2524 16th Ave. South
Seattle, Washington 98114
Another non-profit that focuses on the city of Seattle. Immigrants, the working poor, and unemployed turn to this regional community action agency.
10675 Willows Rd., NE, Ste. 275
Redmond, WA 98073-3577
Telephone number – (425) 869-6000
Helps low income families, senior, and immigrants in North and East King County Washington.
700 E. Mountain View Avenue, Suite 501
Ellensburg, WA 98926
Main number – (509) 925-1448
Provides coverage to Kittitas County.
Kitsap Community Resources
Main location is 845 8th Street
Bremerton, WA 98337
Lower Columbia Community Action Council
Office address – 1526 Commerce Avenue
Longview, WA 98632
Telephone: (360) 425-3430
Supports Cowlitz and Wahkiakum County.
Metropolitan Development Council Pierce County
721 South Fawcett, Room 201
Tacoma, WA 98402
Telephone: (253) 383-3921
City of Tacoma and Pierce County residents can call this non-profit. Services include information on SNAP food stamps, emergency rental assistance, medical care, and short term financing (such as loans) for security deposits and paying other expenses.
The counties Housing Office is located at 721 South Fawcett, Room 204, call 253-597-6728. For energy bill assistance, call 253-572-5557 or weatherization in Tacoma can be contacted at 253-593-2336. The primary Metropolitan Development Council Pierce County is located at 721 South Fawcett. Call (253) 383-392
1200 S 336th Street
Federal Way, Washington 98003-6347
Phone – (253) 838-7678
Provides assistance for South King County. Some of the services include LIHEAP applications and other public aid such as WIC. Job training and budgeting classes and workshops may be provided as well.
Neighborhood House, Inc.
Address – 905 Spruce Street, Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98104
Telephone: (206) 461-8430
Covers the City of Seattle and South King County as well.
Northwest Community Action Center of South Yakima
706 Rentschler Lane
Toppenish, WA 98948
Call (509) 865-7630 for information.
OIC of Washington
815 Fruitvale Boulevard
Yakima, Washington 98902-1922
Telephone number is (509) 248-6751
Okanogan County Community Action Council
Address – 424 South 2nd Avenue
Okanogan, WA 98840
Telephone number is (509) 422-4041
Olympic Community Action Programs
Location – 803 West Park Avenue
Port Townsend, WA 98368
Primary telephone number – (360) 385-2571
Clallam and Jefferson County is supported.
Main address is 1111 Cornwall Avenue, Suite C
Bellingham, WA 98225-5039
Island, San Juan and Whatcom County. The non-profit runs a hunger.. prevention service known as Basic Food Outreach, SSVF – Supportive Services for Veteran Families, and other programs.
The main locations of their offices, or Community Resource Center locations, are below.
- Whatcom County site is at 1111 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, Washington 98225. The main number is 360-734-5121.
- Island County is served by an office at 1791 N.E. 1st Ave., Oak Harbor. Dial 360-679-6577.
- East Whatcom Regional Resource Center – 8251 Kendall Rd., Maple Falls, main phone 360-599-3944
- San Juan County. The address is Orcas Family Connections, 1292 North Beach Rd., Eastsound, WA 98245, 360-376-3184
- San Juan Island Family Resource Center – 476 Market St., Friday Harbor, Washington 98250. Telephone number is 360-378-5246
Pierce County Community Connections Community Action Program
Address is 3602 Pacific Avenue, Suite 200
Tacoma, WA 98418
Some of what may be offered includes food, emergency assistance, and information on government programs such as WIC. Some limited assistance for employment and education services may be administered. Almost 60 different services are available.
Rural Resources Community Action
956 South Main Street, Suite A
Colville, Washington 99114-2310
Telephone: (509) 684-8421
Pend Oreille, Stevens, and Ferry County supported.
Seattle Conservation Corps
Location is 7727 63rd Avenue, NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Another non-profit community action agency that supports residents in Seattle Washington.
Skagit County Community Action Agency
Main address is 330 Pacific Place
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Snohomish County Human Services CAP
Address is 3000 Rockafeller Avenue
Everett, WA 98201
Call (425) 388-7244
Grants for emergency needs and bills may be available from programs such as LIHEAP energy assistance. Other resources may include minor home repairs or meals for senior citizens.
There are other non-profits that operate in the county. They include the following.
- Everett Vets Center can be reached at 425-252-9701
- VA Disability Claims, dial 425-304-1223
- Healthcare for Homeless Veterans – Phone 206-764-2007
- WorkSource Veterans Program – Telephone 425-258-6322
Location is 1501 N. 45th Street
Seattle, WA 98103-6708
Call the center at (206) 694-6805
A focus is on helping the homeless, seniors, and people facing eviction in King County. Get information on financial aid for paying a rental or utility deposit on a new home, eviction prevention services and self-sufficiency. Social workers can also help clients apply for public assistance and offer referrals.
Spokane Neighborhood Action Programs
3102 West Fort Wright Drive
Spokane, WA 99224
Main number is (509) 456-7111
Call for information on, and intake for programs such as Weatherization and WIC. Case managers can advise families and individuals and give them support as they work to escape poverty.
Washington Gorge Action Program Council
Address: 1250 East Steuben
Bingen, Washington 98605
Telephone number – (509) 493-2662
Supports Klickitat and Skamania County. Various services are offered for low income families, including information on food, government benefits, and housing.
Those individuals with a serious medical condition or disability can also opt for a special Senior Box which can partially help them meet their special diet needs. As donations allow, these boxes are available at the local WGAP Food Bank and Goldendale Food Bank only. The locations are as follows.
- 104 Simcoe Drive, Goldendale
- WGAP Food Bank, 1250 E Steuben Street, Bingen
- Klickitat Food Pantry at the Old Mill Office Building
- Seventh Day Adventist Community Center Food Bank. This site is located at481 NE Tohomish, White Salmon
- Stevenson Food Bank, 150 NW Vancouver, Stevenson
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