Updated: 1:48 p.m. July 27, 2021
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Need Help During COVID-19?

Community Action is fulfilling our mission during COVID-19. We’ve made many changes to keep clients, staff and community safe.
We are offering our services by phone, online, email, and safely in person in the community. Starting July 6, we will open our lobbies for an additional access point. We are encouraging community members to continue using our remote services first. Masking will be required to enter all Community Action facilities. Please stay home if you are ill or have symptoms such as coughing or sneezing.

For those who are unable to be vaccinated or don’t want to wear masks in Community Action facilities, services will continue to be provided by phone, email, service pass-through windows, or meeting in the community outside of agency facilities.
See below for program-by-program updates. For more information, please call:

How We Can Help

Where do I start? I need to find out what types of help are available for me and/or my family. 

Resource Center & general services inquires, 360 416-7585: We are here for you by phone. Our Lobby is currently CLOSED and we are not able to offer any in-person assistance. The Resource Center hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. If the line is busy, please leave a voicemail and we will call you back.

The Resource Center is currently providing information, referral and coaching on what programs you MAY qualify for at Community Action, with other agencies, or new state and federal resources.

All Emergency Vouchers are being done by phone only. This includes help with food, hygiene, clothes and transportation (gas vouchers or bus passes). Services are limited and require a photo ID (or copy). For more information please call 360 416-7585

  • Approved food/hygiene vouchers are accessible at the store the following day after 11am.  
  • Gas vouchers are accessible at the station approximately 1 hour after phone approval.

I’m currently homeless or about to become homeless. What kind of help is available?

Community Action’s Housing Resource Center, 360 416-7585

How to Apply: All services are currently being completed via PHONE ONLY by calling our main office.

You can also apply for services at the Anacortes Family Center in Anacortes, Samish Indian Nation in Anacortes, or the East County Resource Center in Concrete. Youth (24 or under) may also apply at Northwest Youth Services or at the YMCA Oasis Teen Center. Please call ahead to find out how these other agencies are providing this service during COVID-19.

Housing Resource Center Hours: Monday-Friday: 10 AM-3 PM

Community Action’s Street Outreach Program, 360-770-3480: The Street Outreach program is focusing on providing essentials to people on the streets: tents/tarps/sleeping bags as supplies last; information on accessing food; information on reducing the spread of germs; assistance with requesting motel vouchers. Those in need of the Outreach program’s assistance should call 360-770-3480. If our team is with another client or in transit, they will not be able to answer the phone – please leave a message, or better yet text if you are able.

Community Action’s Eviction Prevention Program, (360) 416-7588 (this line is active on Mondays from 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.)
Eviction Prevention Assistance is emergency funding to prevent eviction for households who have been financially impacted by the COVID pandemic. The program will run as long as funding is available on a first-come, first- serve basis.

Our Eviction Prevention Program will taking calls on Mondays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to schedule appointments to determine eligibility. If you are calling outside of these hours and would like to be added to our waitlist to contact for cancelled or non-showed appointments fill out the waitlist form on our webpage: www.communityactionskagit.org/eviction-prevention/.

English and Spanish can be accommodated

Community Action’s COVID Motel Program, 360 416-7585
The Motel program has been extended however, all program spots are currently full. Interested individual above the age of 65+ or age 60 with a disability can apply for the housing interest pool to be referred- (360) 416-7585.

The Winter Overnight Shelter a partnership of Skagit Friendship House and Skagit County, 360 336-6138
The Winter Overnight Shelter will be open nightly from Sunday November 1 to March 2021.

To get on the list, you will need to go to the Friendship House Business Office and fill out an application. There is no stand-by list. The application does not guarantee a spot in the shelter. Families and couples welcome. You must wear a mask.

The office is open Monday-Thursday from 9 AM-3 PM.

Showers at Friendship House
Showers at Skagit Friendship House have resumed beginning August 11. First Come First Served. See flyer for more information.

Free WIFI Hotspots
The Department of Commerce created this resource for people to find free Wifi hotspots in their area. Click on any of the green dots within the map, and it will let you know the exact location of the hot spot and if a password is required.

I’m currently in a Community Action housing program. What should I do?

Housing Services, 360 416-7585: Those receiving Housing Case Management should call their case manager instead of coming in for an appointment. Housing Case Managers can be reached by calling the main number 360-416-7585 and asking for a case manager by name.

How do I get help paying my bills? 

Community Action’s Energy Assistance
Energy and Heating Assistance is available to help low-income residents pay their heating and utility cost. To learn more about this program visit this page.

Community Action’s Eviction Prevention Program, (360) 416-7588 (this line is active on Mondays from 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.)
Eviction Prevention Assistance is emergency funding to prevent eviction for households who have been financially impacted by the COVID pandemic. The program will run as long as funding is available on a first-come, first- serve basis.

Our Eviction Prevention Program will taking calls on Mondays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to schedule appointments to determine eligibility. If you are calling outside of these hours and would like to be added to our waitlist to contact for cancelled or non-showed appointments fill out the waitlist form on our webpage: www.communityactionskagit.org/eviction-prevention/.

English and Spanish can be accommodated.

Statewide Utility Disconnect Ban
All energy, telecommunications, and water providers in Washington State are prohibited from conducting the following activities:

  1. Disconnecting any residential customers from energy, telecommunications, or water service due to nonpayment on an active account, except at the request of the customer.
  2. Refusing to reconnect any residential customer who has been disconnected due to nonpayment;
  3. Charging fees for late payment or reconnection of energy, telecommunications, or water service; and
  4. Disconnecting service to any residential customer who has contacted the utility to request assistance from the utility’s COVID-19 Customer Support Program.

These prohibitions on disconnecting, refusing to reconnect, and charging late fees in this proclamation, as amended, are extended until termination of the COVID-19 State of Emergency or 11:59 p.m. on October 15, 2020, whichever comes first.

Read Governor Inslee’s Full Proclamation Here.

Low Cost Internet Options

  • Internet Essentials from Comcast: 50/5 Mbps Internet service for just $9.95 a month plus tax. For more information or to apply click here


I’m a veteran, or a veteran’s family. What help can I get?

Community Action’s Skagit Vets Connect, 360 416-7585: Skagit Vets Connect is currently providing limited services, by PHONE ONLY. Services include:

  • Veteran Affairs disability claims, healthcare enrollment and all other VA benefits inquiries. Please call 360 416-7585.
  • Veterans Assistance Fund: Eligible veterans may apply for emergency vouchers for food/hygiene products and gasoline.
    • Approved food/hygiene vouchers are accessible at the store the following day after 11AM.
    • Gas vouchers are accessible at the station approximately 1 hour after phone approval.
  • Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH): Please call 206 518-1593.
  • Eligible Veterans experiencing homelessness. Please call 360 416-7585.
  • Motel Voucher Program for Veterans: The 45 day limit on Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) COVID motel voucher stays has been suspended. If you are a veteran in need of shelter, please call our motel voucher line 360 899-6825.

I’m pregnant or have young children. What resources are available for me and my family?

WIC (Women, Infant & Children Program),  360-416-7595: WIC serves pregnant women, babies and children to age 5. The average WIC food benefit is around $100 per family. The Mount Vernon WIC office is providing all services by phone including appointments. For more information, call: 360 416-7595 or text 360 708-1804.

  • We are able to provide benefits to new clients. 
  • There is no Anacortes WIC office at this time, since Island Hospital needed the space. All Anacortes clients should call 360 416-7595 or text 360 708-1804. Appointments will be handled by phone.
  • Clients with new babies, please call for breastfeeding advice and support, or other needs.
  • WIC has received a grant to provide more assistance for diaper needs during this difficult time.

Diaper Resources in Skagit County:  WIC Programs are teaming with the Diaper Bank of Skagit County to assist with this need. Call a Skagit County WIC Program to find out about help with diapers.

 If transportation is a problem, deliveries are possible.

Helping Hands Foodbank CHOW Program, (360) 856-2211
Due to the impact COVID-19 has had on many lives, Helping Hands has opened enrollment in the Cutting Hunger On Weekends (C.H.O.W.) program to all families in Skagit County.

What is Cutting Hunger On Weekends (C.H.O.W.)?
Over 10,000 kids in Skagit County are on the free and reduced lunch program. Through C.H.O.W. we are able to provide food to over 2,000 kids each week across Skagit County. Additional support for this program is through Helping Hands’ partnership with Skagit Publishing, allowing food to be delivered to students along newspaper routes.With school starting soon, Helping Hands wants to help support your family by ensuring everyone has safe access to fresh and healthy food. If you have kids ages 0-18, they want to help your children get FREE, supplemental food by delivering it directly to your door.

Visit the CHOW website or call (360) 856-2211 to learn more about all of the programs available.

What Kind of Job Search Assistance is Available?

Looking for Employment?  Let us help you!

Community Action’s Job Search Assistance Program, 360-899-7475
Receive one-on-one job coaching/career planning, including job search assistance to help you with your resume, cover letter, job application, and interviewing skills.

To improve your employment opportunities through those services, we can connect you with the program that will be the best fit for you.


Supported Employment, 360-899-7482
An individual is eligible to receive Supported Employment services if they are:

  • 16 or older
  • Medicaid- eligible
  • Meets other criteria
  • Not receiving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)

View Job Board
**The jobs listed in the link are not specific to employment with Community Action of Skagit County.**
For job search assistance please consider joining one of our employment programs! To find out more, please contact 360-899-7475.

Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD) is a subset of the Department of Social and Health Services’s Basic Food Program  (Food Stamps/ EBT). Recipients are required to participate in specific employment related activities to maintain their assistance.

The roll out of ABAWD has been delayed at this time. Clients who are not able to meet their 80- hour work requirement for March, April, May, June, July, August, and September 2020 will not be penalized. For more information, go visit: https://www.dshs.wa.gov/esa-1.

I need help filing my taxes. What kind of help is available? 

AARP Tax Filing Assistance
AARP has set up sites in Anacortes, Mount Vernon/Burlington, and Concrete for drive-up filing options. For assistance you will need to make an appointment and will need to prepare some documents beforehand.

To request an appointment by phone: (541) 649-2599. You will hear a brief voicemail message that asks for you to leave some information so that an AARP volunteer can contact you. When a volunteer contacts you, they will ask you a few questions so that they can prepare for doing your tax return. The volunteer will schedule you for an appointment at one of the AARP tax sites. All of the forms you will need for your appointment may be downloaded from this website and printed. If you do not have a printer, the volunteer will give you a location where you can pick up a packet of the forms you will need.
To request an appointment by email: taxprep@taxaideskagit.org.

If you are leaving a voicemail or sending an email, please provide the following information: 

  • Full Name
  • Telephone Number
  • Email address
  • At which site do you wish to receive service:
    • Burlington/Mount Vernon
    • Concrete
    • Anacortes

Please visit www.taxaideskagit.org/ for more information to prepare for your appointment.

What kind of State and Federal Resources are available for people impacted by COVID-19?

Trouble paying rent, credit cards or other bills? Want to know about short term loans? Here are some great resources for people impacted by the Coronavirus:

If you have questions about making the most of your money right now, please email RyanD@CommunityActionSkagit.org.

FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance
Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. Click here for more information on eligibility and how to apply.

 

I need legal help. What kind of help is available?

Skagit Legal Aid, 1-888-201-1014 is taking referrals. All legal services are currently limited to phone consultations. Any additional services will be at the discretion of the individual attorneys.

For assistance, please call the Northwest Justice Project’s CLEAR (Coordinated Legal Education, Advice and Referral) toll-free at 1-888-201-1014. Because of limited staffing CLEAR staff can only answer phones between 9:15 am and 12:15 pm, Monday through Friday.  Start calling right at 9:15 a.m.! You might have to try several times over a couple of days before you get through to CLEAR staff.  

If you are over 60, you should contact CLEAR Senior. That toll-free number is 1-888-387-7111. CLEAR will first determine your income eligibility for assistance under program standards. You do not have to be low income to get advice from CLEAR Senior.  When you call CLEAR, you may be able to talk to an attorney over the phone who will link you with the best available free legal resource for your situation.

Skagit Legal Aid is a new non-profit providing free legal services that has been established by the Skagit County Bar Association.

Governor Inslee’s Ban on Evictions:
Governor Inslee has extended Washington’s Eviction Moratorium until June 30, 2021. You cannot be evicted for not paying rent or for “no cause” and you should not get a 14 Day or 20 Day Termination Notice. 

The moratorium does not mean you do not owe rent! If you do not pay rent, you may owe a lot more later! You may be evicted after June 30 if you do not pay now. If you cannot pay all of your rent, your landlord should offer a reasonable payment plan. Get any plan with your landlord in writing. Find sample letters to give your landlord on www.washingtonlawhelp.org.

You may still be evicted if you cause an immediate and significant health and safety problem. Under the moratorium, your land lord is prohibited from taking any of the following actions against tenants:

  • Serving a tenant with a notice to pay rent or vacate their home, or
  • Serving a tenant with a notice to terminate their tenancy when they are a month-to month tenant, or
  • Filing an eviction lawsuit against a tenant for the nonpayment of rent.

If your landlord does any of those things and you need legal help, you can:

Concrete Clinics
Who We Serve: Local East County residents who otherwise are eligible to receive services from the East County Campus. Residents can request a legal clinic appointment about a variety of civil legal issues.

Where: East County Resource Center

When: Every 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month from 9am-3pm. Prescreened clients visit the Resource Center to use provided computers to virtually meet with off site volunteer attorneys.

How to Request an Appointment: Call the Community Action East County Resource Center at (360) 416-1733 and request an appointment at an upcoming Concrete Clinic.

Las Clinicas Legales Remotas para Trabajadores del Campo
Who We Serve: Farmworkers and their families who otherwise are eligible to receive services from the CCS Farmworker Center. Individuals can request a legal clinic appointment about a variety of civil legal issues.

Where: CCS Farmworker Center

When: 1st Wednesday of every month from 12pm – 8pm. Prescreened clients visit the Farmworker Center to use provided computers to virtually meet with off site volunteer attorneys.

How to Request an Appointment:
 Call the Farmworker Center at (360) 424-8655 and request an appointment at an upcoming Clinic.

Virtual DACA Workshops
Financially eligible applicants will be scheduled for an upcoming FREE Virtual Workshop where immigrations attorneys will review the DACA guidance and explain how to complete the necessary forms. All registrants will be provided additional resources about financial assistance and necessary documents to support an application or renewal.

Workshop 1: Detailed DACA overview and form explanation by an immigration attorney followed by brief one-on-one Q&A sessions in virtual breakout rooms.

Workshop 2: Optional follow up virtual appointment where volunteer attorneys review DACA applications for completeness prior to submitting the application yourself

Workshop Security: Only pre-registered applicants will receive meeting credentials. Additional information about security measures will be provided after successfully registering for the Workshops.

Who We Serve: Students, farmworkers, or anyone in Skagit or San Juan County who otherwise meets income eligibility requirements and who can answer YES to the following:
Age 15 or Older on Date of Application (unless Prior Removal Proceedings);

  • Entered U.S. before age 16 and on/before June 15, 2007;
  • Born on/after June 15, 1981;
  • Physically Present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012;
  • Continued Physical Presence between August 15, 2012 and the Present;
  • Residence Established in the U.S. on/before June 15, 2007 to the Present (No Deportations or Removals between June 15, 2007 and the Present);
  • In School (Elementary through High School or GED Program) OR Completed High School or GED OR Military or Coast Guard Program;
  • No Disqualifying Issues – No Felonies or Significant Misdemeanors, DUI, Gang Affiliations.

How to Apply: Online HERE. – Review or watch video for easy step-by-step instructions.

Important tips for Online Application:
❏ Available in Spanish.
❏ Legal Problem – Select Immigration and then DACA Applications or Renewals (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)
❏ Referral – Select Skagit Volunteer Lawyer Program at the conclusion of the application.

No additional call should be necessary prior to receiving scheduling requests for a Virtual Workshop.

Interpreters are available.

I don’t have enough to eat. What are my options?

Basic Food Program, 1-877-501-2233
The Basic Food Program is a federal program that helps people with low incomes buy food at the grocery store. It is administered locally by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.

Do I Qualify?
You may be eligible to receive Basic Food if you live in Washington State, you are a U.S. citizen or legally present in the U.S. and follow the income guidelines.

For more information or to apply:
• Call: 1-877-501-2233
• Apply Online: www.washingtonconnection.org
• EBT Card Replacement: 1-888-328-9271


Emergency Supplements for Basic Food during COVID

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, DSHS has been issuing Emergency Supplements for Basic Food to bring the benefit level of all households up to the maximum allotment for their household size. The Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) permits states to continue issuing emergency supplements on a month to month basis, contingent upon request and approval from FNS.


Other Ways to Use Your EBT Card:

Order Groceries Online from Walmart or Amazon
The SNAP Online Purchase Pilot Program has expanded state-wide in Washington as of March 1. This means that SNAP shoppers are now able to make online purchases with their SNAP benefits at Walmart and Amazon. Only eligible food may be purchased with SNAP benefits; delivery fees and other associated charges may not be paid for with SNAP benefits. For a step by step guide on how to use these benefits click here.

Complete Eats- Fruit & Vegetable Coupons at Safeway Stores
Complete Eats offers extra saving to shoppers who use their SNAP/Basic Food benefits when they buy fruits and vegetables at any Safeway location in Washington. Shoppers who buy at least $10 worth of qualifying fruits and vegetables using their SNAP/EBT card and their Safeway Club Card will get a coupon for their next purchase of fruits and vegetables. A variety of fruits and vegetables qualify. Shoppers can choose from fresh, canned and frozen fruits and vegetables, so long as the products have no added fats, sugars or salt. For more information about this program click here.

The Concrete Community Center is providing take-out meals weekdays from 11:45-12:45 pm for seniors, non-school age children and low income individuals. Donations are encouraged, but not required for all adults participating in the meal program.  

Address: 45821 Railroad St, Concrete, WA 98237

The list of Skagit County Food Banks can be found here. Information is changing quickly and we will do our best to keep the website as up to date as possible.

Helping Hands Solution Center/Food Bank is currently delivering food to those who have no one who can pick up for them, especially the homebound, elderly, under medical quarantine or have a disability/medical condition.

Qualified individuals may be able to receive assistance from their temporary Mobile Food program. A box of food is delivered once a week to
those who are in need and meet qualifications. If you or someone you know would like to sign up or learn more about this program please call (360) 856-2211 by noon on Thursday.

Meals on Wheels is available to individuals meeting the criteria listed below. For more information, please call Skagit County Public Health at 360-416-1500.

  • Individual must be 60 years of age or older, AND
  • Individual must be home-bound and unable to prepare meals for themselves because of limited physical activity; physiological or mental impairment; or lack the knowledge or skills to select and prepare nourishing and well-balanced meals.

Skagit Gleaners is a membership based food assistance program that rescues products such as produce, baked goods, nonperishable foods, and housewares from retailers, restaurants, local farms, and individuals that otherwise would be discarded and end up in landfills. They also have a growing selection of clothing, shoes, books, and miscellaneous housewares available. 

Membership fee: $39.50 a month. Members are able to shop up to three times a week in the food market and unlimited amount of times for clothing, shoes, books, and housewares. There is also a volunteer commitment of 3.5 hours per month.

For more information call (360) 848-10450.

Helping Hands Foodbank CHOW Program, (360) 856-2211
Due to the impact COVID-19 has had on many lives, Helping Hands has opened enrollment in the Cutting Hunger On Weekends (C.H.O.W.) program to all families in Skagit County.

What is Cutting Hunger On Weekends (C.H.O.W.)?
Over 10,000 kids in Skagit County are on the free and reduced lunch program. Through C.H.O.W. we are able to provide food to over 2,000 kids each week across Skagit County. Additional support for this program is through Helping Hands’ partnership with Skagit Publishing, allowing food to be delivered to students along newspaper routes.With school starting soon, Helping Hands wants to help support your family by ensuring everyone has safe access to fresh and healthy food. If you have kids ages 0-18, they want to help your children get FREE, supplemental food by delivering it directly to your door.

Visit the CHOW website or call (360) 856-2211 to learn more about all of the programs available.

 The average WIC food benefit is around $100 per family. The Mount Vernon WIC office is providing all services by phone including appointments. For more information, call: 360 416-7595 or text 360 708-1804.

  • We are able to provide benefits to new clients. 
  • There is no Anacortes WIC office at this time, since Island Hospital needed the space. All Anacortes clients should call 360 416-7595 or text 360 708-1804. Appointments will be handled by phone.

WIC Farmers Market Benefits
Benefits must be used before October 31, 2020|  Purchase only Washington grown fresh fruits, vegetables, cut herbs

Locations nearby (miles based on proximity to WIC office in Mount Vernon):

Mount Vernon Farmers Market — Saturdays, 9:00am-2:00pm (~2miles)
501 Main Street (Skagit Riverwalk Park) through October 10th

Schuh Farms – Daily 9am-6pm (~5miles)
15565 WA-536 Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon

Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market — Wednesdays, 3:00pm-7:00pm (~7.5miles)
Hammer Heritage Square, corner of Ferry St & Metcalf St (through October 22nd)

Stanwood Farmers Market – Fridays 2:00pm-6:00pm (~15miles)
8727 271st St NW Stanwood

Anacortes Farmers Market — Saturdays, 9:00am-2:00pm (~18miles)
611 R Avenue, Depot Arts Center (through October 22nd)

Garden Treasures – Tuesday through Sunday 9:00am-6:00pm (~20miles)
3328 WA-530, Arlington

Bellingham Farmers Markets
Saturdays 10am-3pm; Depot Market Square 1100 Railroad Ave (~26miles)
Wednesdays 2pm-6pm until Aug 29; 2215 Rimland Dr., Barkley Village (~28miles)

Concrete Saturday Market – Saturdays 10:00am-2:00pm (~31miles)
45821 Railroad Ave (through Sept 5th)

I’m a low-income senior or person with a disability, or I know one. What help is available?

Senior & Disabled Services, 360 610-0809 For more information email robertm@communityactionskagit.org or dianea@communityactionskagit.org or call 360-610-0809.

What We Are Offering: 

  • Transportation to essential medical appointments (contingent to volunteer availability)
  • Pick-up and doorstep delivery of prepaid grocery and prescription orders
  • Firewood deliveries to qualifying seniors
  • Yardwork
  • Telephone Well-being Checks for seniors

Service Changes:

  • No Home Visits
  • No unessential medical transportation
  • No unnecessary direct contact
Skagit County Meals on Wheels, 360-416-1500: The Meals on Wheels program is available to individuals meeting the following criteria. For more information, please call Skagit County Public Health at 360-416-1500.
  • Individual must be 60 years of age or older, AND
  • Individual must be home-bound and unable to prepare meals for themselves because of limited physical activity; physiological or mental impairment; or lack the knowledge or skills to select and prepare nourishing and well-balanced meals.

Mount Vernon Manor, 360-428-1206: Those residing at the Mount Vernon Manor will need to communicate with Mary Laureano by phone only. She will be at the office taking calls on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8am – 2pm and can be reached at: 360-428-1206. When not at the office, Mary can be reached by cell for limited assistance on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at: 360-391-9815

  • The Food Bank at the Mount Vernon Manor is temporarily suspended. Individuals in need of food assistance can call Mary to discuss options.

Skagit Public Health’s Senior Farmers Market Vouchers, 360-416-1500
The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides lower income seniors with $40 in vouchers/coupons redeemable for fresh produce and herbs and honey at approved farmers market and farm stands. This year all of the vouchers/coupons will be distributed by mail.

Eligibility Criteria for Senior Farmers Market Coupons includes:

  • Age 60+ or age 55+ for Native Americans
  • Income below 185% of Federal Poverty Level:
  • $23,606 Annual or $1,967 Monthly for 1 person
  • $31,894 Annual or $2,658 Monthly for 2 people
  • Add $691 Monthly for each additional person
  • Resident of WA State
  • Proof of eligibility is not required.

To apply, call Skagit County Public Health at 360-416-1500.  Once the affidavit is completed, they will mail the vouchers along with nutrition education materials, copies of authorized markets & farm stores, rights and responsibilities and market information. The vouchers will be mailed starting in early June as supplies last.


Senior Farmers Market Vouchers
Benefits must be used before October 31, 2020|  Purchase only Washington grown fresh fruits, vegetables, cut herbs

Locations nearby (miles based on proximity to WIC office in Mount Vernon):

Mount Vernon Farmers Market — Saturdays, 9:00am-2:00pm (~2miles)
501 Main Street (Skagit Riverwalk Park) through October 10th

Schuh Farms – Daily 9am-6pm (~5miles)
15565 WA-536 Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon

Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market — Wednesdays, 3:00pm-7:00pm (~7.5miles)
Hammer Heritage Square, corner of Ferry St & Metcalf St (through October 22nd)

Stanwood Farmers Market – Fridays 2:00pm-6:00pm (~15miles)
8727 271st St NW Stanwood

Anacortes Farmers Market — Saturdays, 9:00am-2:00pm (~18miles)
611 R Avenue, Depot Arts Center (through October 22nd)

Garden Treasures – Tuesday through Sunday 9:00am-6:00pm (~20miles)
3328 WA-530, Arlington

Bellingham Farmers Markets
Saturdays 10am-3pm; Depot Market Square 1100 Railroad Ave (~26miles)
Wednesdays 2pm-6pm until Aug 29; 2215 Rimland Dr., Barkley Village (~28miles)

Concrete Saturday Market – Saturdays 10:00am-2:00pm (~31miles)
45821 Railroad Ave (through Sept 5th)

I live in rural East Skagit County. What help is available near me?

Community Action’s East County Resource Center, 360 416-1733: The East County Resource Center is open and providing critical need services to individuals one person at a time. Critical need resources include: emergency food, personal hygiene items (limited to supply on hand), propane and gas vouchers. For more information contact the office.

The East County Resource Center office is closed on weekdays from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 pm until further notice. If you need to get a hold of staff during this time you can call 360-416-1376.

Instead of our daily hot meal program, the Concrete Community Meal Program will offer take-out lunch services beginning Thursday, March 12. Active participants of the program may pick up a take-out lunch 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Monday through Friday, from the main entrance located at 45821 Railroad Street, Concrete, WA 98237. Donations are encouraged, but not required for all adults participating in the meal program.

The following East County programs have been modified until further notice:

  • Concrete Chamber of Commerce is open weekdays from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. & 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Congregate Meal Program modified
  • Department of Licensing/ Concrete Licencing is open weekdays from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Upper Skagit Library: Curbside pickup is available Tuesday from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Concrete Town Hall has restored Services

The following East County programs have been cancelled until further notice:

  • AARP Tax Aide services suspended
  • Annual Seed Swap suspended
  • Community Closet operations suspended
  • DSHS in person appointments suspended
  • DVSAS in person appointments suspended
  • Legal Clinic in Concrete at the ECRC
  • Senior and Disabled Person’s Property Tax Exemption Program suspended

What do I do if I need insurance, healthcare, or sick leave?

Enrollment Help
Insurance experts are available by phone to answer questions and get you enrolled. You can call them to get help or make an appointment. Contact a local insurance expert by phone to answer questions and get you enrolled. You can call them to get help or make an appointment. Click here to find a Health Insurance Navigator close to you.

The Healthcare Authority is also providing assistance with Apple Health enrollments by phone. Please call 1-800-562-3022 for assistance.

Alien Emergency Medical (AEM) is a program for individuals who have a qualifying medical emergency and:

  • Do not meet citizenship or immigration status requirements or
  • Are qualified individuals who have not met the 5-year bar

Qualifying emergencies include Emergency room visits, inpatient hospital stays, outpatient surgery, dialysis, cancer treatment and antirejection medications.

How to Apply
The application for Alien Emergency Medical remains the same. Individuals have several options to apply for AEM coverage:

For individuals who are an adult age 65 or older, blind, disabled, or need long-term services, apply for Apple Health Classic Medicaid coverage online through Washington Connection or by calling 1-877-501-2233.These AEM updates are in place during the public health emergency related to COVID-19.

Information from Employment Security Department on how to access sick leave benefits. 

What do I do if I need help with my mental health or substance use services?

The North Sound Behavioral Health Ombuds Program, 360 503-9472The North Sound Behavioral Health Ombuds Program provides self-directed advocacy for individuals receiving crisis services and/or State and Medicaid funded behavioral health services in Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom Counties. All individuals are welcome to utilize the Ombuds program for a consultation.

Staff is following the Public Health recommendations for social distancing. Voicemails will be checked throughout the day to ensure that Ombuds can continue to serve and keep our community members healthy. If you are in need of immediate assistance, please call 360 503-9472 to speak to an Ombuds staff member.

Hotline Help

Click here to view the updated access list.

Transportation: I need to get to appointments. What help can I get?

Skagit Transit | www.skagittransit.org
Skagit Transit will resume collecting fares starting June 1st 2020 as they phase back into normal operations. Skagit Transit still encourages its riders to only take essential trips and to wear facemasks when riding the bus.
Service Reductions:
Skagit Transit is still operating a reduced schedule due to the COVID-19 crisis. For information about schedules visit https://www.skagittransit.org/routes/.

For medical appointments that will be covered by Apple Health/Medicaid, call Medicaid Transportation at 1-800-860-6812. They can provide bus passes or a gas voucher. Please provide 2 days notice.

Emergency Bus Passes (Limited)
Community Action can provide a limited number of bus passes for appointments not covered by Medicaid Transportation but you must have a photo ID or legible copy to receive a pass from Skagit Transit. Call (360) 416-7585 between 9am – 3:30 p.m.

One-time Gas Vouchers
Community Action can also provide a one-time gas voucher for certain critical appointments that can’t be accessed using public transportation. You must have a valid driver’s license. Call (360) 416-7585 between 9am – 3:30 p.m.

Where can I go if I am experiencing violence in my home or I know somebody who is?

Skagit Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services (SDVSAS), 360-336-9591
SDVSAS provides free and confidential services to anyone that has been affected by Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Trafficking or Stalking.

Services Include:

  • Crisis Intervention
  • Emergency Shelter for victims of domestic violence
  • Advocacy- Based Counseling
  • Legal, Medical and Social Services Advocacy
  • Support Groups
  • Children’s Advocacy and Community Education & Prevention

Hours: Monday- Thursday 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM
24-Hour Hotline: 888-336-9591
https://www.skagitdvsas.org/

I’m an immigrant, or have immigrant family members. What do we need to know about COVID-19 resources?

Alien Emergency Medical (AEM) is a program for individuals who have a qualifying medical emergency and:

  • Do not meet citizenship or immigration status requirements or
  • Are qualified individuals who have not met the 5-year bar

Qualifying emergencies include Emergency room visits, inpatient hospital stays, outpatient surgery, dialysis, cancer treatment and antirejection medications.

How to Apply
The application for Alien Emergency Medical remains the same. Individuals have several options to apply for AEM coverage:

For individuals who are an adult age 65 or older, blind, disabled, or need long-term services, apply for Apple Health Classic Medicaid coverage online through Washington Connection or by calling 1-877-501-2233.These AEM updates are in place during the public health emergency related to COVID-19.

This Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) information guide was compiled with El Comite and Northwest Immigrant Rights project for immigrants who want to know more about how the issue of public charge might affect their ability to access healthcare and other services during this COVID-19 outbreak. The Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs will continue updating this site as developments occur.

I’ve been taking classes with Community Action. What’s going on with those?

English Language Classes
English Language classes have been moved to an online format. There is a morning class and an evening class, and we will lend Chromebooks for students to participate. For more information, call Eva at (360) 588-5735. Hablamos español.

GED Classses
GED classes are suspended at least until next fall when we hope to reopen them in a hybrid or online only format. For general questions about the GED contact Claudia at (360) 588-5730 or ClaudiaM2@communityactionskagit.org

In the meantime, please contact our partners at the Goodwill and Skagit Valley College for GED instruction:

Financial Health Classes
Our Financial Health Classes are free and open to the community. The workshops are offered online through Zoom. 

Credit & COVID- Register Here
10 AM- 12 PM on the 1st & 3rd Thursday of the Month
Join us for regular conversations on managing change and building your financial health. Resources and support for creating a plan to manage credit in two areas:

  • What does my credit look like now?
  • How can I work with my creditors to make a plan?

Daily Decisions- Register here
10AM-12 PM on the 2nd & 4th Thursday of the Month
Join us for regular conversations on managing change and building your financial health. Open discussion aimed at addressing two guiding questions:

  • Where does my money go?
  • How can I build more control?

I think I might have COVID. Where can I get tested?

Location: Skagit County Fairgrounds, South Gate Entrance, 501 Taylor Street, Mount Vernon, 98273

Hours:

  • Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 10:00 A.M. TO 4:00 P.M.
  • Tuesdays and Thrusdays: 12:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.

Cost:
If someone is uninsured, you will not need to pay- guaranteed by the Skagit Public Health Department. Public Health cannot guarantee what the cost would be for insured people. If you have health insurance, you should contact your provider to learn about what is and isn’t covered by your policy.

Testing & Results
If you do not have insurance, you can still get tested. Nobody will be turned away for not having insurance, ID, or Social Security Number. If you are insured, bring your insurance card with you. If you do not have your insurance card available, you will need to know your insurance company, ID and group number (if applicable), and the name and birthday of the primary insured if it is not you.

Skagit County Public Health will test anyone who lives in or work in Skagit County, is five years of age or older and feels they should be tested, and is encouraging anyone who fits into the following guidelines to get tested:

  • Those who are essential workers
  • Anyone with any COVID-19 symptoms
  • Anyone whose physician recommended they be tested
  • Anyone who lives or works in a congregate setting
  • Pregnant women
  • Anyone who is a close contact or has a known exposure to COVID-19

If you have had a known or probable exposure to COVID-19, you must wait 8 days before being tested. COVID-19 has a relatively long incubation period, so getting tested before 8 days has passed could result in a false negative. If you have questions about this, or any other questions related to COVID-19, please call Public Health at 360-416-1500.

If you have serious symptoms, such as fever higher than 100 degrees, cough and shortness of breath, consult your medical provider or seek care through one of the respiratory clinics in Skagit County.

Testing Results:
Results are posted 72 hours after testing. Skagit Public Health do not test or receive results on Saturdays and Sundays. Numbers reported may differ from reported case numbers on the Skagit County Coronavirus site, which reflect only those who live within Skagit County.

Beginning on Monday, August 31st, use of Skagit County’s test site will be limited to those who live in or work in Skagit County. Anyone who lives or works in Skagit is eligible, regardless of immigration status. Public Health will be adding a screening site to determine if folks live or work in Skagit County, but they will not ask about immigration status. More information will be available at www.skagitcounty.net/coronavirus.

Those who do not live in or work in Skagit County should seek testing in their own communities or through their medical provider or through other publicly operated testing sites in Washington State. Contact the Health Department or District where you live to find out the best place for you to get tested.

Testing is available through your health care provider, and through many other publicly operated testing sites in Washington State. Contact the Health Department or District where you live to find out the best place for you to get tested.

Other Resources

Find yourself wondering about something you saw on Twitter?  Did a client/partner recently ask about something they heard?  Public Health now has a page addressing myths and rumors roaming about the community.