CHEHALIS – A growing number of people with overdue rental and utility payments could be helped with a new batch of federal and state monies made available to Lewis County. $4.8 million from last year’s stimulus tax dollars that will be paid to landlords with tenants owing thousands and overdue utility bills from Lewis County PUD and Centralia City Light. Lewis County Social Services Supervisor Meja Handlen says, “The allocation is different that other grants we’ve received in that it assists with utilities, which includes water, sewer or cable and internet services. We’re going to see most of the money going to rent and (assisting) people who are in arrears and to help people get back on their feet.” She says that to receive the funds, applications must be made through the Salvation Army and Equity Institute of Centralia. Only those receiving below 80-percent of the median income qualify. Strict verification of qualification will be done through landlords and utility companies.

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