Community Action of Skagit County assists low-income people with accessing basic needs items such as personal hygiene, toiletries and clothing. We also assist with transportation needs such as local bus passes, or in some cases, a gas voucher. Assistance provided is based on household qualifications and funding availability.

Whenever possible we will refer you to places like food or clothing banks, hot meal programs, or Medicaid transportation because those programs can assist you throughout the year. We can also help you apply for Basic Food (Food Stamps or SNAP).


To qualify for Critical Needs your household income before taxes must be lower than 200% of the Federal Poverty Level.

In addition:

  • Gas vouchers are only for certain approved activities including scheduled medical appointments, transportation to/from a current job, day care providers, or a scheduled job interview. Be ready to show proof of approved activities. You must also have a valid driver’s license
  • Clothes vouchers are issued only for scheduled job interviews, work clothes for a new job, or homeless individuals who have few articles of clothing. Be ready to show proof of approved activities
  • We can only assist with one voucher per eligible household

To Apply

Come in Monday thru Friday between 9a.m. – 4 p.m. Be sure to bring information for all household members including income, benefits, and proof of any employment activity or your scheduled appointment.

We can often help you outside those hours if you call us in advance at (360) 416-7585.

Emergency Shelters and Resources

There are no emergency motel voucher programs in Skagit County.

Friendship House:

Domestic Violence Hotline: 1 (888) 336-9591

Suicide and Crisis Lifeline:

Other Resources (not affiliated with Community Action)

Low Income Cell Phones- To find out if you qualify and to apply visit:

Low Income Internet- To find out if you qualify and to apply visit:

Low Income Dental Services- For more information, visit:

Low Income Vision Services:

Mount Vernon Resource Center

East County Resource Center

Anacortes Resource Center

  • Clothing

  • Personal Hygiene Items

  • Toiletries

  • Local Bus Passes

  • Gas Voucher

Frequently Asked Questions

The services are meant to be for temporary, emergency help. For bus passes, hygiene and toiletries we can assist several times a year based on need; Because the resources and funding are limited, we will also refer you to services for ongoing assistance.

We offer information to refer you to local food banks and meal programs. View food bank lists here in English & Spanish.

We will do our best to refer you to other services which may be able to provide ongoing help including Veterans Assistance, Basic Food Employment & Training, local food banks, transportation programs.

We do not offer motel vouchers. If you are currently homeless visit the Housing Resource Center Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am to 3pm.

Visit our Housing Resource Center page for more information on available services.

Questions / Preguntas

For questions, please call Community Action at 360-416-7585.
Para preguntas, por favor llame a Community Action a 360-416-7585.