Point in Time Homeless Count – Jan 2020

Screen Shot 2020-01-14 at 11.21.43VOLUNTEERS NEEDED.

The Anacortes Family Center and our partners help folks survive these cold nights, AND we work for longer-term change. One important way we do that is to help coordinate the Point in Time Homeless Count each year, and we need YOUR help. In addition to taking surveys, volunteers provide “Hospitality Bags” with essential items such as socks, toiletries, snacks, and more – bags provided by churches and businesses.

We need 40+ volunteers, working in pairs, to help conduct surveys in various locations such as food banks, hot meal programs, social service agencies and other places.  Volunteers must be comfortable approaching strangers and speaking in a respectful manner with people from diverse backgrounds. Beatriz will conduct a short orientation training prior to the day (s) you will be volunteering.  Following is a list of days and times that we are asking for volunteers.  If you are able to assist, please let Beatriz know.  Her contact information is:  beatriz@anacortesfamily.org or (360) 293-2993 ext 124.

  1.  Thursday – Jan. 23 – 8:00-10:00
  2.  Thursday – Jan. 23 – 9:00-11:30
  3.  Thursday – Jan. 23 – 5:30-6:30
  4.  Thursday – Jan. 23 – 5:30-7:30
  5.   Friday – Jan. 24 – 10:00-11:00
  6.   Sunday – Jan. 26 – 4:30-5:30
  7.   Monday – Jan. 27 – 1:00-3:45
  8.   Tuesday – Jan. 28 – 10:00-2:00
  9.   Tuesday – Jan. 28 – 6:00-7:00
  10.   Wednesday – Jan. 29 – 1:00-3:45

We sincerely need your help for this very important event!  This event will help us understand ways to help those who are working hard to get out of homelessness and ways to prevent homelessness.  Because we have the lowest apartment vacancy rate of any county, it makes housing our homeless neighbors very difficult.  Thank you so much for supporting us in the fight to prevent homelessness in Skagit County!

Please let us know what shift (s) you are able to assist.  Thank you so much!

Karen Yost
Program Coordinator
293-2993 ext 112

Skagit Transit Reduced & Free Fares

Reduced Fare

Skagit Transit offers reduced fares for those with special needs. Reduced fares are available for :

  • People with a disability
  • People aged 65 and older
  • People with a Medicare card

A Reduced Fare Card or Medicare Card should be presented to the driver when boarding.  A Reduced Fare Card can be acquired at:

  • Skagit Station, 105 East Kincaid, Mount Vernon
  • Skagit Transit HQ, 600 County Shop Lane, Burlington

Also available from Customer Service is a Regional Reduced Fare Permit. These sell for $3.00 and a valid on any Puget Sound transit system as well as WA State Ferries. Please bring proof of your eligibility.

Free Passes

Skagit Transit distributes free day passes to Human Services agencies through our Ride Pass Grant Program. Each agency sets their own policy and procedure for distribution to clients with financial need.

Information on the Ride Grant Pass and the other programs mentioned above are at skagittransit.org

ACHC Meeting – 17 May 17: The Food Issue

A list of those churches and other agencies who provide food & meals in Anacortes is available in the following link: Food in Anacortes – A DropBox file

If you have any additions or corrections contact AnacortesEric@gmail.com, and I’ll forward them to Nancy Yount at Anacortes Christian Church, who holds the Master Document.