Emergency Support Shelter

More than doubling the numbers of rooms and beds  it can offer, the Emergency Support Shelter’s new location in Longview allows more clients to receive assistance, plus gives them much needed privacy. This change is expected to keep domestic abuse victims at the shelter longer, reducing the chance they will return to abusive situations as they come to realize they are capable of caring for themselves. The new location allows each household to have its own private room and bathroom, where the previous location in Kelso often saw three or four households in each room.

Project Homeless Connect

Cowlitz Housing FIRST! Coalition had its third annual Project Homeless Connect event in January of this year, bringing together businesses, community members, service providers and local government to work towards the common goal of ending homelessness. The event provides individuals and families experiencing or at risk for becoming homeless, with access to a hot meal, clothing and services such as housing information, basic medical and dental exams, bike repair, assistance with identification services, haircuts, clothing, job search information and many others.

Cowlitz County Veterans Service Center

With a goal of connecting veterans with resources, the Cowlitz County Veterans Service Center opened early this year in Longview. The Center provides and promotes a safe, confidential environment and a friendly ear for U.S. Veterans and their families. The Center assists clients by helping them build positive relationships and overcome barriers they face as they reintegrate to community living.