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Community Action

CAP 50 Years of Community Action

The Clark County Community Action Program is a key funder for emergency needs, basic and essential services, and programs that work to improve self-sufficiency. Program dollars come from Local Deed Recording Fees (2060, 2163, 1359), Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), local dollars, Consolidated Homeless Grant (CHG), and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG).

Please call 2-1-1 or visit their website at if you are in need of assistance.

The Community Action Program allocates more than two million dollars annually to community nonprofit organizations to provide an array of services to homeless and low-income individuals and families in Clark County. Examples of funded services include emergency shelter, energy assistance, homelessness prevention through rent/mortgage assistance and case management, access to services, food programs, employment programs, and programs that provide legal assistance for non-criminal matters.

50th Anniversary of the War on Poverty
Click here for background information on the War on Poverty, the Community Action Program and the Community Services Block Grant. 
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The demand for services far exceeds the available funding. The Energy Assistance Program serves only 15% of the need assistance. 50% of those seeking emergency shelter are turned away and homelessness prevention assistance is only able to serve 20% of the need. The Community Action Program works with community partners to prioritize help to alleviate identified community needs.

For more information, please contact:
Kate Budd, Program Coordinator
(360) 397-2130



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Clark County Community Services: Vanessa R. Gaston, Director
Street address: 1601 East Fourth Plain Boulevard, Bldg 17, Suite A419, Vancouver, WA 98661
Mailing address: P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-9810
Main phone: (360) 397-2130 | FAX: (360) 397-6028
Community Services Fraud and Abuse Hotline
The Fraud and Abuse Hotline number is (360) 397-8030 and is for the reporting of suspected fraud or abuse related to payment for services. Messages may be left anonymously. To speak directly with the Department Compliance Officer, call (360) 397-2075 ext. 7819.
Responsible Elected Official: Board of Clark County Commissioners

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