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Director: Jennifer Johnson




Skagit County needs volunteers to fill shelter shifts when we open emergency weather shelters.
Shelters can not open unless we have enough volunteers. 

If you are interesting in being an emergency shelter volunteer contact Madeleine Anthony, Housing Resource Coordinator  (360) 416—2014

You may see more information at the Skagit County Volunteer Resource Center

Locations and dates may change based on the community needs.

Concrete Community Center | (360) 853-8400
45821 Railroad Avenue, Concrete, WA 98237
Open Monday – Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

East County Resource Center | (360) 416-1733
45770 A, Main Street, Concrete, WA 98237
Open Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Upper Skagit Library | (360) 853-7716
45952 Main Street, Concrete, WA 98237
Open Tuesday – Thursday from 10:00 am to 7:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Skagit County Public Health promotes partnerships with community based and faith-based organizations to open severe weather shelters. Please contact us to learn more about saving lives with emergency shelter when there is a threat to healthy and safety due to severe weather.

Resources for our Unhoused Neighbors - Winter of 2022-2023
Please visit websites directly for ways to donate, specific items that are needed for winter, and any potential volunteer opportunities.

Friendship House: Now open nightly
Check in anytime between 9 am- 3 pm at First United Methodist Day Shelter 1607 E. Division St. Mount Vernon 98274.
No walk ins accepted to winter shelter | (360) 336-6392

Other resources available through Friendship House:

  • Showers
    • Men: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday from 9:45 to 11:00 am
    • Women: Monday-Friday from 1:00 to 3:00 pm                                
  • Laundry: Wednesday and Thursday from 1:00 to 4:00 pm
  • Clothing: Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Welcome Home Skagit
Day Shelter is at First United Methodist Church 1607 E. Division St. Mount Vernon 98274
Open Mondays-Saturdays 9 am- 5 pm.  Closed on Sundays and closed December 17th.
Check in for overnight shelter is at the Day shelter listed above, please arrive between 9 am-3 pm for intake
(No later than 3 pm if you are seeking overnight shelter!).
Maximum capacity for overnight shelter is 25, this is a first come first serve program. | (360) 840-8136

Family Promise – Opens November 21
Supporting families experiencing homelessness (can be pregnant and/or parenting)
Overnight Winter Shelter for Families | (360) 854-0743

Anacortes Family Center - Helping women, children, and families on Fidalgo Island | (360) 519-4069

Mount Baker Presbyterian Church Community Blessing Initiative Center
44942 State Route 20, Concrete, WA 98237
Open now 8:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.
(360) 853-8585

Salvation Army – Serving Fidalgo Island
Winter Shelter – Open Date and Hours TBD | (360) 293-6682

Northwest Youth Services – Serving youth ages 18 to 25 | (360) 393-0036

Catholic Community Services Farmworker Center | (360) 424-8655

Skagit County Public Health has created a severe weather emergency shelter guide to help your community prepare, open, and operate temporary shelter during emergency severe weather. This is simply a starting point that you may find useful. You can edit this tool and make it your own.

Other Services for People Experiencing Homelessness

Housing Resource Center, Community Action
 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (closed Wednesdays), 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
330 Pacific Place, Mount Vernon
(360) 416-7585
 The Housing Resource Center is NOT a shelter, but is the front door to longer-term support and housing options. Working with all homeless service programs in the county, the HRC can offer referrals to shelter programs and other permanent housing programs within Skagit County. Anyone experiencing homelessness, or at imminent risk of homelessness, is encouraged to apply. Housing placement may not be immediate, and we always suggest that applicants continue exploring other options, including emergency and winter shelters listed above.

Additional information about Skagit County Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response


Please contact Madeleine Anthony, Housing Resource Coordinator, if you would like to share or update any information at or (360) 416-2014

Download and fill out the request form and email the completed form to:


Housing Development Funding Opportunity

Skagit County and the Skagit HOME Consortium are pleased to make available approximately $1,225,115.25 of HOME Investment Partnerships Program funding for eligible affordable housing development activities in Skagit, Island, and Whatcom counties. Full details regarding fund availability, applicant and project eligibility, and application requirements can be found in the 2023 Notice of Funding Availability linked below. Required application materials are provided in the document links below:

All applications must be received no later than March 1, 2023 at 4:00pm. Full submission instructions are included in the NOFA. Any questions regarding this NOFA can be submitted to Shelley Kjos, Housing Resource Coordinator, Skagit County Public Health,


Skagit County, as Lead Agency for the Skagit County HOME Consortium, will release the 2023 HOME Housing Development Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) in December 2022. Please see the following document for a summary of anticipated funding availability:

Staff contact: Shelley Kjos,, (360) 416-1513

2023-2024 Homeless Crisis Response System

2023-2024 Homeless Crisis Response System Funding Opportunity
Skagit County seeks applications, no later than 3:00pm on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2023, from qualified parties experienced in implementing projects to provide homeless crisis response services.

Skagit County receives various state grants and document recording fees for which funds must be used in accordance with funding guidelines, statutory requirements, and the strategies outlined in the 2019-2024 Skagit County 5-Year Homeless Housing Plan. For the upcoming year, the NOFA will be modified to align with North Star Guiding Principles with consideration of The Vital Conditions framework.
Full details regarding funding availability, eligible applicants and projects, and application requirements can be found in the 2023 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) linked below. Required application materials are provided in the document links below.

Skagit County Rental Assistance Program

The Skagit County Rental Assistance Program provides financial assistance for rent and utilities to income-eligible Skagit County renters and their landlords.

As of 10/13/22, the Skagit County Rental Assistance Program is currently closed to new applicants.

If you have already applied, you will be contacted by a provider to process your application. Applications will be processed until all available funds have been distributed. 

If you have received an eviction or ERPP notice, this page includes information about the eviction process and your rights as a tenant.
Please contact the Housing Resource Center at Community Action of Skagit County to connect to agencies that may still have rent assistance resources available. (360) 416-7585

Additional Funding may become available, check here for updates.

Skagit County HOME Consortium
Homeless in Skagit County
Housing: The first step in healing

Measuring Local Homelessness & Our Response

Homelessness: FAQ's


Skagit County 5-Year Homeless Housing Plan

Skagit County Housing Action Plan

Skagit County Affordable Housing Needs
Local Community Housing Profiles

Recovery Housing and Employment Needs Assessment

Community Report: Housing in Skagit County

Housing Summit documents and presentations:

Building a Skagit County Housing Affordability Strategy
Updated Report: 2016
Two out of every five households in Skagit County cannot afford the home they occupy. The attached report describes in detail the scope of our affordable housing shortfall and 12 recommendations to address this crucial issue.

Homelessness in Skagit County
At any point in time, at least 957 people in Skagit County are homeless (2011 Homeless Count). Throughout the year, hundreds more face the prospect of losing their homes due to precarious financial conditions, domestic violence, health crises, and chronic mental health and chemical dependency conditions. Furthermore, the rising cost of housing and stagnant wages increases the risk of people losing their housing, and makes it increasingly difficult to find affordable housing.
Skagit County: The 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness [Pdf]