Veterans Services

Community Action Connections


Supportive Housing Department

720 W Court St, Upstairs

Hours: M-F | 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM & 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Phone: (509) 545-4042
(509) 786-3379 - Prosser

Home Base

Community Action Connections

Pasco - 720 W Court St, Upstairs - (509) 545-4042 (8-11:30 AM & 1-4:00 PM)

Prosser - 424 6th St, #2 - (509) 786-3379  Fax # (509) 786-3359

Prosser Hours: Mon., Tues., Wed., Fri. (9:00 AM -12:00 PM & 1-4:00 PM)

CAC has a variety of funding sources for housing assistance each with its own set of eligibility criteria.

All programs at a minimum require documentation that the household lacks both of the following.

  • Sufficient financial resources and
  • Support networks to obtain/retain housing

Services are not guaranteed and subject to funding availability.

Services may include:

Prevention/At Risk of Homelessness: Assistance for those individuals/families who are at-risk of becoming homeless. (At-Imminent Risk or At-Risk of Literal Homelessness) Service for households who have received a notice to vacate their current housing due to non-payment of rent. Must have a documented crisis and be able to have the ability to sustain housing. Accept referrals from HRC only.

Rapid Re-Housing: Assistance provided for households who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate shelter/cover at night. (Literally Homeless) Must be able to sustain the housing. Accept referrals from HRC only.

Permanent Supportive Housing: Assistance for single men or women who are chronically homeless, who have a disabling diagnoses, living on the street or in the mission. Must meet eligibility guidelines. Eligibility conducted through CAC or referral from the HRC.

Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA):

Description: The HOPWA program was established by HUD to address the housing needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families.

Regionally Assisted Collaborative Housing (REACH)

Criteria / Eligibility: Have a diagnosis of HIV or AIDS.

Referal Process: Clients are referred into the progra, throught their Medical Care Provider, usually local Public Health Facilities.

Description: The REACH program provides short and long term rental assistance (TBRA), short term utility assistance. (STRUMU), Permanent Housing Placement (PHP) and Supportive Services (SS).

The program serves a six County Region.

Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA); Program is targeted to very low-income households with children who lack funding for housing sustainability and could benefit from a longer term subsidy. Eligibility conducted through CAC or referral from the HRC.

Ending Family Homelessness(EFH)-TANF: Assisting Homeless TANF elegible famiies to obtain stable housing, entering into progressive engagement and reaching their fullest potential for self-sufficiency will be the main priorities of the program. The faimily will be provided training in the art of conducting a successful housing search, working to secure housing at scattered site.Accept referrals from HRC only.

Housing and Essential Needs - HEN: The HEN is to establish and/or maintain stable and affordable housing for those clients receiving Medical Care Services (MCS). Funding allows the client to receive rent and utility assistance for the duration of eligibility as determined by the DSHS BVS print-out. A client may receive essential needs, and eligibility is based upon receiving medical assistance through DSHS, as verified by BVS and is based on need. Essential Needs will be goods only, no cash or vouchers will be provided. Accept referrals from DSHS, or walk-in with Medical Care Services(MCS) documentation.

Additional programs available are:

  • Basic Food Program Assistance in applying for Food Stamps
  • Diapers(Courtesy of Tri City Diaper Bank) Up to 1 pack per child per month (63-100 diapers)
  • Emergency Food (Subject to available funds)
  • Emergency Medical Prescriptions (Once per year subject to available funds)
  • Energy Assistance
  • Hat, gloves, scarves, blankets (Courtesy of Project Warm-Up)
  • Information and Referral to Services
  • Landlord Liaison Services
  • Personal Hygiene Kits for CAC clients
  • Transportation for CAC clients (bus token as needed)
  • Welcome Home Kits for CAC clients
  • Winter Coats (Courtesy Burlington Coat)

Housing Funding Sources are: US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Benton and Franklin Counties, WA State Department of Commerce, WA Family Fund, WA State Department of Social and Health Services.


Army/Air National Guard Family Assistance Center


Phone: John Rimel FAC Yakima (509) 469-4638
Doug Heimbinger FAC Moses Lake (509) 630-0701
Kim Cole FAC Spokane (509) 991-7199

Provides disaster relief and emergency communication between family members and active duty military personnel.  Also offers: first aid, water safety, CPR and babysitting education classes.  

Blue Mountain Action Council

Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program

720 W Court Street Downstairs
Pasco, Washington 99301

Phone: (509) 412-5204

Supportive services to very low-income Veteran families living in or transitioning to permanent housing. Providing Veteran families with outreach, case management, and assistance in obtaining VA, as well as short term, limited, financial assistance for rent, deposits.

Financial Assistance

Veterans Relief Fund

Benton & Franklin Department of Human Services (BFDHS)

7102 W. Okanogan Pl., Ste. 201
Kennewick, Washington

Phone: (509) 783-5284

NOTE: It is required that you bring 2 copies of your DD-214 to your 1st visit.

Veterans Relief Fund

VFW Richland

1369 George Washington Way
Richland, Washington 99354

Hours: 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at 3:00 PM

Phone: (509) 946-9411

NOTE: It is required that you bring 2 copies of your DD-214 to your 1st visit.

Veterans Relief Fund

American Legion

Benton City
West Richland,

Hours: Call for Appointment

Phone: (509) 588-5853

NOTE: It is required that you bring 2 copies of your DD-214 to your 1st visit.

Health Care for Homeless Veterans

Ron Opsal, Supervisor

77 Wainright Drive
Walla Walla, Washington

Phone: (509) 525-5200 ext. 22040

Health Care for Veterans

The Mesothelioma and Asbestos Awareness Center

Veteran Outreach Coordinator- Douglas Karr, United States Navy Veteran

Phone: 1-866-981-6660

The Mesothelioma and Asbestos Awareness Center has long been recognized as the web's leading organization for relevant and authoritative information regarding asbestos and health complications associated with asbestos exposure.

HUD-Vash Program

HUD-VASH Program

Housing Services

825 Jadwin Avenue
Suite 250
Richland, Washington

Phone: 509-946-1020

A partnership providing housing vouchers for Tri-Cities Homeless Veterans.

Service Offices

Benton/Franklin County

Steve Prince

909 Cedar Ave
Richland, Washington

Phone: (509) 528-0900

Washington State VA

Olympia, Washington

Phone: (800) 563-2308

Washington State Veterans Affairs

Olympia, Washington 98504

Phone: 1-800-562-2308

VA Medical Centers

Spokane VA Clinic

N 4815 Assembly St

Phone: (509) 328-4521

Veterans Affairs Medical Centers


825 Jadwin Avenue
Suite 250
Richland, Washington

Phone: (509) 946-1020 - Richland
(509) 525-5200 - Walla Walla
1-888-687-8863 - Walla Walla
(509) 328-4521 - Spokane
1-800-325-7940 - Spokane

Walla Walla VA Clinic

77 Wainwright Drive
Walla Walla,

Phone: (509) 525-5200

Veteran Support Groups

Combat Veterans and Partners

Phone: (509) 783-9168

Veterans Affairs Service Offices


Phone: 1-800-562-2308 - Olympia
(509) 528-0900 - Richland

Veterans Opportunity Center

Veterans Resource Center

1600 North 20th Avenue, Suite A
P.O. Box 2606
Pasco, Washington 99301

Hours: M-F / 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Phone: (509) 545-6558
(888) 545-6558

Group Home for Veterans.  Providing Mentoring, Counseling Chaplaincy, Recreation, skill training & case management. Requires: DD214 honorable, HUD homeless and income criteria. Veteran must be clean & sober for at least 30 days. Call for additional information to apply.

Veterans Resource Center

1600 North 20th Avenue, Suite A
P.O. Box 2606
Pasco, Washington 99301

Hours: M-F 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Phone: (509) 545-6558
Toll Free: (888) 545-6558

FREE Many vets are unaware of the extent of benefits they have earned.  As the region struggles to meet the needs of these, our newest generation of veterans, "local veterans" organizations have formed the "Columbia Basin Veterans Coalition" in an  effort to consolidate local services into a one-stop resource.

Work Source

Veterans Employment Services

815 N Kellogg St
Suite D
Kennewick, Washington

Hours: M-F | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Phone: (509) 734-5949

Provides employment and training services. Services offered include: assistance in finding a job, sharpening job skills, learning and updating skills and linking to community resources. They also provide: the low income adult program, in and out of school youth program, dislocated worker program, job listings, referals, resume and application assistance, hiring events, Internet access for job search, and workshops. More information available at their Web site: