A continuum of care
The Anacortes Family Center provides a comprehensive approach to serve women and families with children. AFC creates an individualized plan to help each family reach self-sufficiency, with the goal of ending their reliance on social services. Our program includes homelessness prevention, emergency shelter, transformative housing, and affordable housing.
Our emergency shelter offers a safe place for those in urgent need. Seventy percent of the clients we serve have experienced domestic violence, and eighty percent face some level of mental health challenge. Intensive case management helps clients identify barriers and set short and long-term goals and achieve self-sufficency by the end of our sixty to ninety-day program. AFC's holistic approach includes access to health care, legal assistance and mental health counseling.
A path to success
Within two weeks of arriving at AFC, adult residents must secure employment. Our staff help prepare our clients with identifying their strengths and skills, writing resumes, and preparing for interviews. AFC partners with the community to rapidly pair residents with local employers. Securing employment early sets clients on a path toward stable housing outside the shelter. Over eighty percent of AFC residents leave our program with a safe, stable home and a job to support their family.
Ending the cycle
All too often we see generational poverty, family violence and untreated mental illness. AFC is dedicated to ending this cycle through a one-of-a-kind program designed specifically for homeless children and youth. Our comprehensive kids’ program includes art, music and play therapy, life skills education, and individualized academic and social assistance, including in-school support and after-school tutoring.
The most effective way to prevent homelessness is to ensure the availability of quality affordable housing for those who work in our community. In April 2018, AFC will break ground on a twenty-apartment building that will serve individuals and families earning less than half of the area median income, which is currently $33,000 annually for a family of four. Rents will range from $650 for a studio to $750 for a two-bedroom.
Some families need more than ninety days to address complex and enduring barriers to stability. Clients who have completed the emergency shelter program, but can benefit from additional services and support, are eligible for up to two years in our Family Transformation Center. Those clients pay thirty percent of their income as "rent." Clients who successfully graduate from the program are eligible to receive most of the rent they paid as a grant to secure a mortgage or a lease, with any remaining money held as an emergency fund.