Housing Programs

Learn about affordable rentals and home ownership programs for qualified families.

Affordable Rental Housing

CAP has a 24-unit apartment complex that offers affordable rentals to income qualified families.
This complex consists of twenty 2-bedroom units and four 3-bedroom units.
CAP also has (5) five housing units, (2) two in Kelso and (3) three in Longview.
Rent charged will be at the fair market rate. Application fee is $40.00 per person over 18 years of age.
Call us at 360-425-3430 ext 221 or 1-800-383-2101 for more information.

Self Help Housing

Self-Help Housing offers a unique opportunity for first time home buyers* with a moderate income to fulfill their dreams of owning their own home.
Our standard homes are 3 or 4 bedrooms, 1 to 2.5 baths, and an attached two-car garage.
Families who qualify work together to build a group of 5 to 7 homes per project. The self-help method requires a definite commitment of family time and energy from participants. This is an important responsibility. Each family is required to work a minimum of 30 hours per week for approximately 7 to 10 months to complete the project.
Self-Help Housing projects are now available in Lewis, Cowlitz and Clark Counties. Financing is provided by USDA Rural Development and local lending institutions.
Key Advantages of our Program
  • 100% Financing
  • Equity in your home, when you move in
  • Step-by-step Construction Supervision
  • LOW UTILITY COSTS because homes are built to NW Washington Energy Star Code requirements.

Homeless Services

CAP and other agencies offer a variety of programs to help the homeless and prevent future homelessness.

Homeless Services
Lower Columbia CAP provides housing assistance services to individuals and families who are homeless. This includes people with income significantly below Area Median Income (AMI), who have no appropriate housing options identified, lack the financial resources to obtain housing, and lack the support networks needed to obtain immediate housing. Lower Columbia CAP works together with other agencies, including Love Overwhelming, the County’s Coordinated Entry System lead, to ensure all homeless residents are helped.
Rapid Re-Housing Program
People who are homeless, and have no appropriate housing options identified, and lack the support structures needed to obtain immediate housing may qualify for short-term limited and temporary financial assistance that helps them obtain a home or apartment. People interested in this program need to contact the housing department to determine eligibility at 360-425-3430 ext. 213
Housing and Essential Needs Program

The Housing and Essential Needs Program may provide non-cash housing and other assistance (personal hygiene items and bus tokens) for some recipients of state-funded Medical Care Services (MCS). Assistance may be given to prevent utility shut-off, eviction, to pay for all or a portion of rental costs, utility deposits, and moving costs. Rental assistance is provided during entire period of program eligibility, contingent upon availability of funds. People interested in this program must first contact DSHS at 1-877-501-2233 to determine eligibility.

For information on Housing and Essential Needs, please contact 360-425-3430 ext. 213

Permanent Supportive Housing for Chronic Homeless/Low Barrier Housing

This program is an evidence-based pilot project modeled after the Corporation for Supportive Housing’s Frequent User Systems Engagement (FUSE) Initiative. The project relies on cooperation of the supportive housing provider (Lower Columbia CAP) with local jail, shelter, and hospitals to identify and do assertive recruitment of 6 chronic homeless who are high cost/frequent users of services and places them into permanent supportive housing. Lower Columbia CAP ensures that case coordination for program participants is made across the Continuum of Care, and case conferencing and coordinated intervention takes place in cases of hospitalization or re-arrest. Assistance with service and housing costs, as well as increased/expedited access of SSI/SSDI benefits by implementing a SOAR initiative is also provided. The intended outcomes are increased stability and self-sufficiency on the part of the program participants, a high housing retention rate, reduction in the use of shelters, and a reduction in the use of jail.

There is no application process to this program. Program participants are identified and recruited based on their history of chronic homelessness and use of system resources.

For information on Permanent Supportive Housing for Chronic Homeless, please contact 360-425-3430 x 223

Affordable Rental Housing

Low Cost Housing in Longview and Kelso


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