Politics & Government

Three-county Community Action Council gets stimulus funds

An additional $568,660 of federal stimulus money is flowing to the Community Action Council of Lewis Mason and Thurston Counties, Gov. Chris Gregoire’s office announced Wednesday.

The community block grant is part of an $11.7 million allotment under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or stimulus plan, targeted to job training, placement and emergency services. Gregoire’s office estimated the money would create 100 jobs with agencies and 700 in communities over the next year.

The action council provides social services including food distribution, women-infant-and-children services, housing rehabilitation, family counseling and help to abuse victims.

John Walsh, chief executive for the action council, said by e-mail that the money will be used for the council’s Monarch Children’s Justice and Advocacy Center, which works with sexually or physically abused children; the Crisis Clinic; increased housing development work in the three counties; the WIC program; improved services at a free dental clinic in Shelton; and other services in Lewis County.

Walsh said he expects the equivalent of 4.5 full-time jobs will be created.