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LAID OFF TIMBER WORKERS RECEIVE HELP WITH MORTGAGE AND RENT

 LAID OFF TIMBER WORKERS RECEIVE HELP WITH MORTGAGE AND RENT
 OLYMPIA, Wash., Feb. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Up to $400,000 dollars in state money is now available to help cover mortgage payments and rent for timber workers who have lost their jobs and are facing foreclosure or eviction, the Washington State Department of Community Development (DCD) announced today. The grant and loan money comes from the Mortgage and Rental Assistance Program, administered by the Washington State Department of Community Development.
 The funding will be provided to community based organizations in seven regions most adversely affected by reductions in timber harvest levels including Clallam County, Grays Harbor County, Eastern Lewis County, Eastern Skagit County, Eastern Snohomish County, Eastern Okanogan County and the Columbia Gorge area. These seven regions were selected by DCD in coordination with the Governor's Timber Team.
 "Unemployed timber workers and their families are desperately trying to hang on to what they have left and to rebuild their lives," said DCD Director Barbara Gooding. "We want their economic recovery to succeed. To make sure that happens, one of the best things we can do is to help them stay in their homes while they receive training and assistance to find new jobs."
 Funding for DCD's Mortgage and Rental Assistance Program is part of a $68 million package approved by the Legislature and Gov. Booth Gardner in 1991. The timber assistance legislation also provides extended unemployment benefits, health care, job training, community college tuition waivers, and discretionary funds for emergency needs of families and individuals in impacted communities.
 NOTE: A list of the community-based organizations that will receive funding follows.
 REGION: Grays Harbor County
 AMOUNT: $100,000
 ORGANIZATION: The Reemployment Support Center
 CONTACT: Gary Berrell, 206-532-2497
 REGION: Clallam County
 AMOUNT: $80,000
 ORGANIZATION: The Reemployment Support Center
 CONTACT: Ernie Reed, 206-374-5551
 REGION: East Lewis County
 AMOUNT: $80,000
 ORGANIZATION: The White Pass Human Services Coalition
 CONTACT: Nancy Newey, 206-496-3554
 REGION: East Snohomish County
 AMOUNT: $40,000
 ORGANIZATION: Volunteers of America
 CONTACT: Mark Tuohy, 206-259-3191
 REGION: East Skagit County
 AMOUNT: $20,000
 ORGANIZATION: Skagit County Community Action Agency
 CONTACT: Gary Davis, 206-336-6627
 REGION: The Gorge (Klickitat and Skamania Counties)
 AMOUNT: $40,000
 ORGANIZATION: Klickitat/Skamania Development Council
 CONTACT: Bob Marley, 509-493-2662
 REGION: East Okanagon County
 AMOUNT: $40,000
 ORGANIZATION: Undecided
 CONTACT: Corine Foster, State DCD, 206-586-1363
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 /CONTACT: Corine Foster, program manager, 206-586-1363, or Ben Bonkowski, unit manager, 206-753-0515, both of the Washington State Department of Community Development/ CO: Washington State Department of Community Development ST: Washington IN: SU:


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