In order to improve the quality of life in our community, we continue to play a key role as a provider of Affordable Housing in our service area. Working with multiple jurisdictions, we strive to increase the number of affordable housing opportunities in our community. In the past years we have housed over 692people in 375 units.
About The Program
As a whole, we continuously strive to assist as many people as we can. Through the Affordable housing program, the Community Action Council served approximately 700 individuals in the past three years. In addition to this, over 275 people were helped with rental assistance funds. With the addition of our Salmon Run property, which we opened in November of 2012, we have 382 housing units available for rent.
The Council works in partnership with local jurisdictions and communities in the development of rental assistance programs, including:
The Council also works in partnership with the State of Washington, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), private developers, and all local jurisdictions where funding is available to further develop and rehabilitate affordable housing.
Community Action Council Properties
Montesano Harbor Annex
The purpose of the Housing and Essential Needs (HEN) program is to prevent the homelessness of and to rehouse unemployable adults and assist them with basic essential needs such as utility payments, personal hygiene products, and transportation. Last year a monthly average of 317 individuals who were either homeless, or at risk of being homeless received assistance.
Housing and Essential Needs (HEN)
Grant funds may provide eligible participants with rent, utility and transportation assistance as well as hygiene and cleaning supplies.
To qualify, the applicant must have an incapacity, (physical and/or mental) AND have zero income.
Qualifications for the HEN program is determined by DSHS (Department of Social and Health Services.) Qualifying applicants will then be referred to the Community Action Council for services to help stabilize housing related needs.
Our Energy Assistance program believes in providing equitable, confidential, and reliable energy assistance services to low-income families and individuals. Through the federally funded LIHEAP program, we provided energy assistance to over 4,391 households. We distributed over $2 million to help residents cover their gas, electricity, oil, wood, or propane bills.
About the Program
LIHEAP, a federally funded program, assists residents with their gas, electricity, oil, wood, and propane costs
Puget Sound Energy HELP provides assistance with the cost of natural gas and electricity consumption to qualified PSE customers—with an account in their name or in the name of a member of the household
The program begins in the fall and continues until all funds are committed. Due to limited funding, we are unable to serve everyone who is in need of these services, so do not hesitate to call if you believe you may be eligible. See eligibility requirements below.
Those who are low-income and need assistance paying their energy bill are eligible to receive this service.
To further determine eligibility we look at:
Previous year’s energy usage
See below if your household may be income eligible for heating assistance through the LIHEAP programs or income eligible for assistance through the PSE-HELP program.
Making An Appointment
Our policy is to make appointments over the phone or through our website scheduler. To be fair in applying, we do not accept requests for appointments by email, voicemail, or fax. Due to the high volume of people in need trying to access these services, it is imperative to process all applicants fairly and equally. Please remember appointments are made on a first come, first served basis.
+ Note that our phone lines become extremely busy when we first start scheduling appointments due to the large volume of people calling in. The phone lines are consistently in use during this process.
Calls are processed in the order they are received to the best of our system’s capabilities.
Please show patience, as well as persistence, when calling to schedule.
When you are on HOLD, please do not hang up– as you will lose your spot in line to speak to a representative.
It is not uncommon to experience HOLD times of 15-20 minutes, sometimes longer.
We strongly encourage people not to give up calling if there is a busy signal; eventually, you can get through.
To schedule an appointment, please have the following ready:
Pen and paper
Electric and/or natural gas account number
Last 4 digits of the social security number of whomever is scheduling the appointment
Gross household income for three previous months
Our Thurston County office is still scheduling appointments for PSE-HELP. This is for PSE electric and natural gas customers only. Unfortunately, we are out of LIHEAP funds. This means that we cannot serve wood or propane benefits. To schedule your PSE-HELP appointment via phone, please call (360) 438-1100 at any time during business hours. Please do not schedule an appointment if you have already received PSE-HELP assistance since October 1, 2017.
We are out of LIHEAP funds in Lewis County but are still scheduling PSE-HELP natural gas appointments. This means that we cannot serve wood or propane benefits. Project Share appointments will no longer be available until October 1, 2017. If you are a qualifying Lewis County resident that has not received PSE-HELP since October 1, 2016, please contact our Centralia office at (360) 736-1800 at any time during business hours.
We are out of LIHEAP funds in Mason County. This means that we cannot serve wood or propane benefits. To schedule a Project Share, Canal Comfort, Save Our Sheltonians, Winter Energy Assistance Fund, or Winter Help appointment in Mason County, please call (360) 426-9726 at any time during business hours.
What Do I Need to Bring to My Appointment
Social Security cards for everyone in the home. This includes children who are one to seventeen years old. (Please Note: Infants who are under that age of one do not need Social Security cards)
Verification of all sources of income/monies received by every household member for the three previous months from the time of your appointment. For example, if your appointment date is in July, please bring in April, May, and June verification.
A current heat bill or proof of your heat source. If your heat source is propane, oil, pellets, or firewood and you do not have a vendor who provides you with a bill go to: Forms à Energy à and use the Heat Source Statement for proof of heat source.
Qualified Alien Documentation to receive Federal services and benefits, if applicable.
We cannot use previously submitted documentation to qualify clients for a benefit, including Social Security cards and drivers licenses. Please bring all required documentation at the time of your appointment.
* Anyone with zero ‘0’ income and who is 18 or older is required to complete paperwork explaining how he/she paid for food, shelter, and heat at the time of appointment
** If you are a student, your Financial Aid award letter is required.
The goal of our Weatherization Program is to improve the quality of life for our clients by reducing their energy and budget burdens, allowing them to become more self-sufficient. Last year we improved the health and safety of more than 104 homes and provided basic services to an additional 71 homes.
The Weatherization Program delivered by the Community Action Council of Lewis, Mason, and Thurston Counties receives its funding from the Washington State Department of Commerce. It includes federal funds from the Bonneville Power Association, the Department of Energy, and the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as the state-funded Energy Match Makers Program. Additional funding comes through partnerships with local utilities, such as Puget Sound Energy (PSE), and other contributions so that these services may be delivered to you free of charge.
Affordable housing is defined as a home that takes no more than 30% of the household’s income for rent or mortgage and utilities. Many low-income families in Washington pay more than 25 % of their income for energy costs alone. Weatherization programs exist to help low-income households reduce home energy consumption while increasing the health, safety, comfort, and longevity of their homes.
Services We Provide
Weatherization is the application of energy efficiency measures to a home. These may include:
Air sealing measures
Weather-stripping and caulking
Insulation measures to ceiling, wall, and floor areas
Related repair measures
Health and Safety Issues
Indoor air quality
Heating system repairs
Each home is unique to what it needs. A trained energy assessor/inspector will visit your home to determine exactly what work your home may need. Measures are installed according to established technical specifications, cost effectiveness tests, and applicable building codes using CAC crews and specialty contractors.
*Note that general window replacement is not a priority measure and may not qualify under the free program.
Community Action Council of Lewis, Mason, and Thurston Counties’ Weatherization Program is available to qualified families throughout Lewis, Mason, and Thurston Counties according to funding availability.
To qualify, the gross income received by all household members must be at or below 60% state or 200% of the current federally established poverty guidelines—whichever is greater. Income documentation and evaluation is required to determine actual eligibility. The homeowner will be required to sign all authorization forms if determined eligible for assistance.
Homes that are severely deteriorated and require extensive repairs may be ruled “beyond the scope of the program” and, therefore, ineligible for weatherization and minor home repair service.
Please click here for more information regarding Grants supporting our Weatherization Program.
Qualifing Income Guidelines
Max. allowed WX
No. of Persons in family
60% WA St. Median
To qualify for weatherization services, the gross income received by all household members must be at or below 200% of the federally-established poverty guidelines or 60% of State median income. Priority will be given to the households with income at or below the 125% level.
Further income documentation testing is required to determine actual eligibility. Guidelines are revised annually. If your household appears close to qualifying, please contact CAC at (360) 438-1100 to speak to a CAC representative.
Sub Contractor Job Opportunities
Call for Weatherization Contractors Posted November 30, 2016, Updated November 30, 2016
Ongoing solicitation for Contractor participation; requests being accepted
FOR QUALIFIED RESIDENTIAL INSULATION AND AIR SEALING CONTRACTORS, ELECTRICIANS, PLUMBERS AND HVAC (HEATING SERVICE/REPAIR) CONTRACTORS, INCLUDING WOMEN/ MINORITY OWNED BUSINESSES
Project: LOW‐INCOME WEATHERIZATION PROGRAM
This project is partially supported by Federal grant funds that are administered by the Washington State Low‐Income Weatherization Assistance Program, Washington State Department of Commerce. Points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the State of Washington, Department of Commerce or the fund sources. The anticipated funding for the 2017 Weatherization Program for the tenure of this proposed contract is projected to be $1,719,258. Federal resources are projected to be $677,865 or 39% of the project. The remaining $1,041,393 or 61% is from local/private resources. The amount and percentages illustrated are estimates, subject to change and have routinely fluctuated in past years. It is expressly understood that the amount of funding herein stated is for all aspects of the Weatherization Program and no single contractor will be awarded the entire amount.
Scope of Project
To reduce structural heat loss and reduce energy consumption by installing weatherization measures and related repairs which improve the thermal efficiency of the dwelling
To provide for the health and safety of the customer by utilizing the available advanced diagnostic testing equipment to test every
To provide incidental plumbing, electrical and/or heating equipment service/repair within the scope of the
Community Action Council of Lewis, Mason, & Thurston Counties (CAC) is a private, non‐profit 501(C)3 corporation that provides a variety of services to eligible households. CAC is seeking to establish and maintain a list of qualified contractors who can perform structural repair and install weatherization measures in program‐eligible homes located in Lewis, Mason and Thurston counties. While the primary submission deadline is prior to the start of each contract year, CAC can accept eligible contractor applicants that meet the qualifications throughout the year. The Agency reserves the right to accept or reject additional contractors for the current contract year based on the number of active contractors already in its contractor pool.
Participating insulation/air seal contractors will be asked to submit competitive bids per job. Jobs will be awarded through a competitive selection process. Professional Service contractors (electricians, plumbers, HVAC) will submit ANNUAL hourly billing rate and travel charge information as part of the RFP. Evaluation and selection for work will be determined in a job‐by‐job cost estimate comparison as well as other criteria.
The duration of a contract awarded as a result of this Proposal will be for one year. The CAC reserves the right to extend the contract resulting from this RFP for a period of four (4) one (1) year periods, with the same terms and conditions. Contractors that demonstrate qualifications and meet all the requirements as specified in the RFP will be considered a qualified contractor and may be eligible for a contract to provide weatherization services as required by Community Action Council. Being on the contractor list and having an active contract DOES NOT guarantee any work.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR CONSIDERATION:
It is strongly recommended that all perspective insulation and/or air seal contractors visit the following websites and read the Core Competencies for the Weatherization Assistance Program prior to requesting program participation. The document provides guidance for the contractor of the required expectations and standards for participation in the weatherization program. The website is located at http://waptac.org/Training‐Tools/Core‐Competencies.aspx . Also, the Standard Weatherization Specifications may be found at https://sws.nrel.gov/ . Contractors working this program will be held to the new standard
All work performed under this contract will be subject to a Quality Control Inspection by an independent BPI certified inspector and held to the standards set forth by the Department of Commerce and the Standard Weatherization Specifications as stated above. Each measure must pass the quality inspection prior to the release of any payment for the services rendered by the
Any Contractor who is found listed on the Federal Debarment List will not be allowed to
Once a Contractor is accepted, they are subject to all the terms and conditions of the Federal and State grants of the Agency. Those terms and conditions become an addendum to the agency contract with the Contractor and/or its subcontractor(s).
Inquiries may be directed to the Weatherization Coordinator at the number below (phone only; electronic requests will not receive response).
Request for Proposal packets may be picked up only at our Weatherization office by appointment. We are located at 3020 Willamette Drive NE, Lacey, WA 98516 (no mail‐out packets).
Faxed or e‐mailed proposals will not be accepted. All submitted Request for Proposals will become the exclusive property of the Community Action Council. Contact number for questions is (360) 438‐1100, Ext. 2101.