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Housing Services

Community Action's Housing Program provides homeless families with shelter and housing, and helps them become self-sufficient.  Services are delivered through intensive one-on-one support that empower families by giving them the tools, direction, and resources to build on their own strengths.

Transitional Housing

Community Action's Transitional Housing Program  helps families obtain temporary housing and develop economic self-sufficiency skills while they transition from homelessness to stable, permanent housing.  Community Action provides rental subsidies to families for up to two years with private and public landlords in Skagit County.  

During this time, Community Action family development specialists work closely with the families  to develop skills in job readiness, money management, mental health, and wellness.  With the assurance of safe transitional housing, parents are freed to work on employment and life skills that can help them secure permanent housing for the long term.

Community Action enrolls up to 20 families at a time in the Transitional Housing Program.

Family Development Center

The William J Shuler Family Development Center consists of ten individual apartment units located in Mount Vernon, where homeless families may stay for up to 60 days. Each unit is provided free of charge with essential utilities, furnishings, and household items. 

A Community Action family development specialist works with each family to plan for the future, access resources, create a household budget and savings plan, and take the necessary first steps toward stable, permanent housing and economic self-sufficiency.  

Each year, this program provides more than 100 families with safe, temporary shelter and assists them with their plans for future independence.  

More than 80% of these families move from our shelter into safe, affordable housing.



Our Family Development Center needs:

To donate items to our Family Development Center, please e-mail Jennifer Milton or call (360)336-2235.

  • alarm clocks
  • beddings
  • beds (full size or single, no stains or tears, please!)
  • cribs
  • Toddler beds with mattress
  • gardening equipment
  • household goods
  • movie passes for families
  • phone cards
  • SKAT bus tickets
  • telephones
  • TV/VCRs


On Wednesday, December 1, 2010 Skagit County Community Action’s Housing Department held their annual holiday party for families living in Transitional Housing and the William J. Shuler Family Development Center (family shelter).  Cindy Hartley and her crew from Skagit Adventist Academy in Burlington hosted the entire event in the school’s gymnasium, complete with beautifully decorated tables, a turkey dinner, and games. Santa even stopped by to hand out gifts to the children.  Students from the school entertained the crowd of approximately 90 people with holiday caroling, accompanied by guitars. 

A big thanks to Cindy and the staff and students of the Skagit Adventist Academy for all of their hard work, the delicious food, decorations, time spent stuffing gift bags, and for the use of their facility.  The event provided a very special start to the holiday season.