Lower Columbia Community Action Program (CAP)

Lower Columbia Community Action Program (CAP) was formed in 1964, as part of President Johnson’s War on Poverty, which makes it one of the longest running self-help programs for low-income families in the U.S.

Lower Columbia CAP provides vocational and career counseling to help people improve their lives through training and employment.

Eligible participants can receive; 

  • More intensive employment and training services

  • Assessments of interests

  • Skills and needs

  • Job training

  • Education

  • Work experience

  • Job placement

  • Wage progression services

More Information Please Contact at

360-425-3430 Ext. 215.

1526 Commerce Ave., Longview, WA  

Hours: M - F 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Website Links

Financial Independence Center

  • Financial Education

  • Credit counseling

  • Budget Management

  • Re-entering the Banking System with Second-Chance Accounts

Food Resources

HELP Warehouse Food Collection & Distribution Center

3rd Tuesday of the Month

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

1526 Commerce Ave, Longview, WA 98632

Health Care (Medicare)

(Cowlitz / Lewis / Wahkiakum)

360.425.3430 ext. 304


SHIBA (Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors)

volunteers can help you understand and compare options! 


CAP currently is assisting low income families suffering financially form COVID 19. Financial assistance for those seeking rental assistance, Mortgage Assistance, And Utilities (electric, gas and water) is now available.


Interested customers please call CAP at 360-425-3430 x 0 to get their name on the appropriate list.

Call now as rental money is limited.

Affordable Rental Housing

  • CAP has 40 affordable rental units for income qualified families.

  • Rent charged will be at the fair market rate.

  • Application fee is $40.00 per person over 18 years of age

For more information contact: 360-425-3430 ext 221 or 1-800-383-2101

Self-help Rehab/Acquisition & Owner Occupied Program (for rural areas outside of Longview/Kelso) 

Senior Services

R.U.O.K. (Are You Okay?)

This program is provides FREE daily check in service by telephone for individuals that live alone and have medical issues putting them at risk. 

Contact: 360-425-3430 ext. 240 or 259

Senior Transportation (Cowlitz and Wahkiakum seniors, age 60+) 

  • Residents who live outside the River Cities service area

  • Travels for Medical Appointments in the Portland - Vancouver area as far north as Olympia

  • Call CAP to schedule your senior transportation ride: 360-200-4911 or 200-4910.


To schedule your senior transportation ride:

Contact: 360-200-4911 or 200-4910

Medicaid Transportation

Medicaid transportation is provided to any individual who is eligible for Medicaid and authorized by the Medicaid Transportation Brokerage in Vancouver.

For more information or scheduling ride call: 

Toll Free 1-800-752-9422 

Education & Training

  • CAP Works/Community Jobs

  • Basic Food Employment and Training (BFET)

Energy Assistance & Weatherization Resources

(360-425-3430 ext. 225 or ext. 226)

Lower Columbia CAP administers a number of energy assistance programs; all of which have income eligibility requirements.

LIHEAP (Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program)

  • Sign-up for appointments is online usually the first week of November – Sign up HERE

  • An Energy Conversations class is required prior to the eligibility appointment

  • Please bring all your documentation to your appointment to assure that the eligibility process is efficient and completed in a timely manner

Warm Neighbor Program

To be eligible you must meet income eligibility guidelines, have electric as your primary heating source, and be in an emergency situation.

Winter Help Fund and WEAF (Washington Energy Assistance Fund)

  • To be eligible you must be a CNG customer, meet income eligibility guidelines, and be in an emergency situation.

Senior Discount Rate Program

  • Low income seniors may qualify for a 15% or 25% discount on their monthly PUD bills 

Disabled Discount Rate Program

  • Low-income disabled residential PUD customers can be eligible for a 5%, 15% or 25% discount on their monthly electric bills


Weatherization – Home Energy Assessment

A home energy assessment can help identify the areas that need to be sealed/insulated to protect you from the cold of winter and heat of summer.

Homelessness Resources

Rapid Rehousing 

Rapid Rehousing services include:

  • Assistance identifying landlords for housing search

  • Move-in costs such as deposit, first/last months’ rent and utility deposits

  • Rental assistance that gradually decreases (while tenants’ share increases)

  • Coaching for housing stability, including help to troubleshoot issues and identify options

  • Landlord Liaison to help make a good match between tenant and landlord, and to help resolve any landlord concerns

For more information contact: 360-425-3430 ext. 302


Young Adult Housing

This program is oriented to: 

  • Singles and families

  • Head of household is between 18-24 years of age

  • Eligibility is more flexible

  • Can include young adults who are doubled up or “couch surfing” with family or friends

For more information contact: 360-425-3430 ext. 302

Housing and Essential Needs (HEN)

The HEN Program provides non-cash assistance (personal hygiene items and bus tokens) for recipients of state-funded Medical Care Services (MCS) under the HEN program.

For more information contact: 360-425-3430 ext. 213

Permanent Supportive Housing 

Permanent Supportive Housing is an evidence-based approach to achieve housing stability for people who have experienced chronic homelessness. 

​For more information contact: 360-425-3430 x 105