Lower Columbia Community Action Program (CAP)

The Lower Columbia Community Action Program (CAP) is a non-government, non-profit organization which provides comprehensive social services to people in need. CAP's services include:

 HELP Warehouse – Food Banks

 Energy and Housing Services

 Meals on Wheels

 Employment and Training

 CAP Transportation

 Homeless Services

 Career & Family Development Program

 Financial Independence



Kelso Housing Authority

Rental assistance programs and housing opportunities, including coordination of needed social services to assist low and moderate income singles, families, persons with disabilities, and victims of domestic violence in their effort to attain stable, affordable, safe, decent and sanitary housing. Services are free. Rental assistance programs are income-based and require approximately 30% of the family’s gross monthly income.


Energy & Housing Services - Lower Columbia Community Action Council (CAP) -

Provides assistance to low-income persons needing help in paying for their winter heating costs. Assistance varies by program. Weatherization is available to low-income families to improve energy efficiency by installing insulation, weather stripping, windows and caulking. Housing services include low-income owner-occupied housing rehabilitation in targeted areas of Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties. LCCAC also offers two self-help housing programs for low-income families willing to invest sweat-equity by constructing their own homes under the supervision of LCCAC staff.


Environmental Health

Currently, environmental health services are divided between two county agencies: The Health Department and the Building & Planning Department. The Health Department is responsible for food safety, group b water systems, chemical/physical hazards, recreational water safety, and zoonotic disease control and investigations. The Building & Planning Department is responsible for onsite sewage, solid waste, and one or two-house water systems. Please see below for more details:

Health Department


Changing the Gray

Offer Food, Clothing, Shelter, Structure, and Give hope to those who need it most! Mission Statement: At Changing the Gray Outreach, we aim to rebuild hope where it's been damaged or lost. We work with those in need, those who are underprivileged and those who are underserved to rebuild and restructure. Our focus lies on community efforts, including shelter, food aid, community awareness, and educational opportunities.