Updated: 1:32 p.m. September 22, 2020
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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.

Community Action contacts and service changes: We are providing services, but all in-person services have been suspended at all locations until further notice. Our East County Resource Center is remaining open with limited walk-up services. We have added remote services options. There are many new services available for the first time to people of low-to-moderate income. 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.l

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.

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.

Basic eligibility requirements are that a renter household is lower income and behind on or unable to pay current rent. There are specific funds earmarked for Mount Vernon residents, and other funds are available for other Skagit residents.

Community Action of Skagit County

  • Target Population: Residents of Skagit County
  • Contact: (360) 399-3006
  • Special Instructions: Leave a voicemail with Head of Household Name, Contact number, Household size, Household income, Number of months past due, and if you reside in the Mt. Vernon City limits . English and Spanish can be accommodated.

Catholic Community Services

  • Target Population: Indigenous & Latino farmworkers
  • Contact: (360) 424-8655

Housing Authority of Skagit County

  • Target Population: Farmworkers, Section 8 Voucher Holders, and tenants of Housing Authority owned properties
  • Contact: (360)-428-1959 ex. 200 (Spanish), (360) 428-1959 ex. 202 (English)

Samish Indian Nation

  • Target Population: Samish Indian Nation Tribal members.
  • Contact: (360) 726-3366

Updates for the COVID Motel Program, 360 416-7585
We have reached capacity with the COVID Motel program and will not completing any other intakes. However, you can still call 360 416-7585 and get on a wait list.

Veteran Motel Voucher
The Veteran Motel Program has concluded.

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

Our Energy Assistance Team is scheduling appointments for Seniors 60+ in September and October. Please call 360 428-1011 for more information.
If you are not a senior, our next Energy Scheduling day will be on Wednesday November 4 at 8:30 AM.

The Crisis Affected Customer Assistance Program was created to help customers who may be unemployed, partially unemployed, or cannot work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This program allows customers to receive a one-time credit up to $1,000. The amount received is determined by your average monthly usage from March 2019 to August 2019.

For more information on this program visit the Puget Sound Energy website.

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.

Governor Inslee’s Ban on Evictions:
Governor Inslee has extended Washington’s Eviction Moratorium until October 15, 2020. 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 October 15 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:

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.

WIC Farmers Market Benefit
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)

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.


Basic Food, Employment, and Training (BFET), 360-899-7482
An individual is eligible to receive BFET services if they are:

  • A federal food recipient
  • Not receiving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
  • Age 16 or older
  • Physical and mentally able to work, or will be able to work within the next one year.

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.

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

Economic Impact Payment | Frequently Asked Questions
The IRS is issuing Economic Impact Payments to every eligible American:  

  • Eligible individuals with adjusted gross income up to $75,000 will automatically receive the full $1,200 payment.
  • Eligible married couples filing a joint return with adjusted gross income up to $150,000 will automatically receive the full $2,400 payment. 
  • Parents also get $500 for each eligible child under 17

To find out more:  www.irs.gov/coronavirus.


Economic Impact Payment Prepaid VISA Debit Card
If you qualify for an Economic Impact Payment, the government might mail you your money on a prepaid VISA debit card issued by Meta Bank. Starting the week of May 18th, approximately 4 million eligible recipients of Economic Impact Payments (EIP) will receive an EIP Card in the mail. The EIP Card is a Treasury-sponsored, VISA-branded, prepaid debit card that provides a safe, convenient and secure way for EIP recipients to access their Economic Impact Payments without having to go to a bank or credit union to cash a check.

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


Economic Impact Information for People Who Do Not Normally File Taxes
To help millions of people, the Treasury Department and the IRS launched a new web tool that enables rapid enrollment of financial impact payments for those who do not normally file a tax return.

How do I use the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info tool?
For those who don’t normally file a tax return, the process is simple and only takes a few minutes to complete. First, visit IRS.gov, and look for “Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here.”

Then provide basic information including Social Security number, name, address, and dependents. The IRS will use this information to confirm eligibility and calculate and send an Economic Impact Payment. Using the tool to get your payment will not result in any taxes being owed. Entering bank or financial account information will allow the IRS to deposit your payment directly in your account. Otherwise, your payment will be mailed to you.

The “Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info” tool is secure, and the information entered will be safe. The tool is based on Free File Fillable Forms, part of the Free File Alliance’s offerings of free products on IRS.gov.

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.

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

Governor Inslee’s Ban on Evictions:
Governor Inslee has extended Washington’s Eviction Moratorium until October 15, 2020. 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 October 15 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:

The Skagit Volunteer Lawyer Program, 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.

The Skagit Volunteer Program is a partnership with the Skagit Bar Association.

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
• Visit: Mon-Fri, 8AM-5 PM, 900 E College Way, Mount Vernon WA
• 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.


Basic Food Subset Programs

P-EBT (Pandemic EBT)
Families with children in grades K-12 who receive free or reduced-price lunch at school, will get extra food benefits in early July. These benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. Many children rely on school lunches to provide them their healthiest, and in some cases, their only meal of the day. The P-EBT program will provide funds to pay for these children’s meals while schools are closed during COVID 19.

Starting June 28, 2020, Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) emergency program will be available through Washington Connection online application. Families who receive Food Benefits through DSHS and whose child(ren) receives free or reduced lunch do not need to apply. They will automatically receive these one-time benefits on their EBT card in early July. Families may check with the school district to find out if they need to apply for free or reduced-price school meals so they can receive P-EBT funds.

Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced lunch but who do not receive Basic Food benefits will need to apply. More information will be available on the Washington Connection homepage– “Important Message(s)” banner.


Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD)
Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents are a subset of the Department of Social and Health Services’s Basic Food (Food Stamps/ EBT) recipients 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, and June 2020 will not be penalized. For more information, go visit: https://www.dshs.wa.gov/esa-1.


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.

SNAP Market Match
The Washington State Department of Health is excited to announce the launch of SNAP Market Match! At more than 100 participating farmers markets and farm stands, shoppers who use Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)/EBT benefits can receive extra dollars to buy fruits and vegetables.

How does SNAP Market Match work?

  • SNAP shoppers go to the farmers market information tent.
  • Shoppers buy SNAP-eligible foods with their SNAP/EBT card.
  • Shoppers get extra SNAP Market Match dollars to buy fruits and vegetables at the market.
  • Markets match $10 or more per day for SNAP customers. Check your local markets for their daily match amount. For a listing of all participating markets, visit www.doh.wa.gov/SNAPMarketMatch

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.

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)

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 other behavioral health 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.

Additional Resources:

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.

Public Charge FAQ for Immigrants

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?

Community Action’s Adult Education & Financial Workshops: Currently all community-based GED and English Language Education classes are suspended until further notice. Current students will be contacted by their instructors for distance learning opportunities. All financial education, budgeting, Job Club, Renter’s Education and other workshops are suspended until further notice. 

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

Location: The testing site is at Skagit Valley College, in the East Parking lot on the east side of McIntyre Hall.
New Hours Starting September 21st:

  • Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, Thursday: 11:00 a.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.