Step 1: Understand our program


The Anacortes Family Center provides a comprehensive approach to serve women and families with children. Our sixty to ninety-day emergency shelter program includes services, education, and program requirements designed to springboard you and your family on a path to success and self-suffience. To be eligible for services, you must:

  • Be a homeless single woman or family with children

  • Have extremely low income (<30% area mean income)

  • Submit to a criminal background check

  • Be currently clean and sober

  • Be willing to fully engage in the program and adhere to program requirements

Over eighty percent of those who enter our shelter leave with safe, stable housing and a job to support their family. The combination of our intensive services and your determined effort are key to your success.


  • Housing search assistance

  • Financial management education

  • Intensive case management

  • Employment readiness assistance

  • Sobriety support

  • Smoking cessation assistance

  • Life skill education classes (rent readiness, parenting, budgeting, cooking, etc.)

  • Therapy for adults, children and families


  • As of August 2021: Upon intake, all clients must be vaccinated, receive a negative COVID test, and mask in all public areas. AFC will support all clients with gaining access to vaccination and testing.

  • Secure a full-time job or volunteer position within 14 days of entry

  • Attend weekly case management and life skills classes

  • Refrain from drug or alcohol use

  • Adhere to strict budgeting

  • Participate in daily chore of common spaces

  • Adhere to curfew (11PM-7AM - except for work)

  • Children must attend school

  • Complete daily logs

Reasonable accommodations


AFC strives to work with and support each client and their unique needs. Our staff are committed to working with each household and individual to create an individually tailored plan to achieve self sufficiency that accommodates any limitations and utilizes each client's strengths. AFC serves clients with disabilities, and we work to ensure our clients maximize the benefits of our program while accommodating their limitations. We also serve clients with some criminal background, but we cannot serve those with histories of violent crimes, sexual offenses, or other high-risk criminal acts.

Step 2: Contact us

Potential clients may apply for services by calling our Community Resource Manager, Nina Lundsten, at 360.293.2993, ext. 108, or by filling out AFC's Assessment Form