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Below is information about the various funding sources allocated to community agencies through Clark County Community Action. Clark County Community Action does not provide direct services.

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Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)
The Emergency Solutions Grant (known as ESG) is funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transitions to Housing Act of 2009 (HEARTH Act) and granted to Clark County Department of Community Services through the WA Department of Commerce.

The purpose of the ESG program is to provide assistance to rapidly re-house persons who are experiencing homelessness. The funds under this program are intended to target individuals and families who would be homeless but for this assistance. The funds will provide for a variety of assistance, including: short-term or medium-term Rental Assistance, Housing Search and Placement, and Housing Stability Case Management. All Clark County Housing programs are accessible through the Housing Solutions Center or call 360-695-9677

Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)
The purposes of CSBG are to provide assistance to States and local communities working through a network of community action agencies and other neighborhood-based organizations, for the reduction of poverty, the revitalization of low-income communities, and the empowerment of low-income families and individuals in rural and urban areas to become fully self-sufficient (particularly families who are attempting to transition off public assistance). In order to accomplish this, a community advisory board establishes priorities based on community needs. Participation from low-income persons is part of this process.

Consolidated Homeless Grant (CHG)
The Consolidated Homeless Grant (CHG) combines state homeless resources into a single grant opportunity under the administration of the Washington State Department of Commerce (Commerce). The Grant is allocated by Clark County Department of Community Services to local non-profit housing agencies. The CHG is designed to support an integrated system of housing assistance to prevent homelessness and secure permanent housing for households who are unsheltered or in temporary housing. This grant provides resources to address the housing needs of people who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness, as described in local plans to end homelessness. The Ending Family Homelessness Program is also a program of the CHG. All Clark County Housing programs are accessible through the Housing Solutions Center or call 360-695-9677.

Housing Preservation, Weatherization, and Low-Income Home Energy Assistance

The Housing Rehabilitation Program provides financial assistance for home repairs to low- and moderate-income homeowners of single-family residences in Clark County.

The Weatherization Assistance Program provides cost-effective and energy-efficient improvements to low-income Clark County households.

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program provides grants for energy assistance to eligible customers. The program is administered by Clark Public Utilities (CPU). Call the CPU customer service line (available 24 hours a day, seven days a week) at (360) 992-3000 for more information. The automated appointment number is 1-866-861-6354. Customers who have gas, oil or another heating source should call their heating vendor to make payment arrangements until they can get an Energy Assistance appointment.

Marriage License Fee Surcharge

RCW26.04.160 imposes a surcharge on marriage license fees. This county general fund revenue is provided to the Department of Community Services for the purpose of funding family services. The target population is families with children. Family services include resource information, parenting classes, child development activities, health and educational activities, family support centers and domestic violence prevention and intervention services.

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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 Councilors

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