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Each year, Skagit County Community Action Agency (SCCAA) helps over 25,000 low-income Skagit County families get past emergencies, make positive life changes, and achieve lasting self-sufficiency. 

As one of the nation's approximately 1,000 Community Action Agencies, we are a community-based organization mandated to provide services and to advocate for the interests of the poor.

The majority of the nation's Community Action Agencies were created in 1964, following the signing of the Economic Opportunity Act by President Lyndon Johnson.  Community Action Agencies are now recognized nationally as lead agencies for any program or activity intended to assist low-income people.  Particular emphasis is placed on developing programs and services that promote self-sufficiency.

Community Action Agencies serve as administrative umbrellas for several local programs that would be unable to stand individually.  The system has proven to be a very cost-effective method of delivering services at the local level.  Flexibility in programming, responsiveness to community need, and local control make Community Action Agencies increasingly attractive to community leaders.

Skagit County Community Action Agency, operational since 1979, is a private, non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors consisting of eighteen members representing the public, private, and low-income sectors in equal proportion.  The agency is the federally designated recipient of Skagit County's share of Community Services Block Grant and Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program funds.  The local United Way also provides financial assistance, as do local governments and many other organizations and individuals.

SCCAA's more than 20 anti-poverty programs provide a broad range of services, from an emergency family shelter to adult and family literacy (please see our list of Services within).  Since 1979, our agency has grown as community needs and resources with which to address those needs are identified.  



Contact Us

SCCAA's main office is located one block south of the Skagit River dividing Burlington and Mount Vernon, and just south of the Riverside Health Club.

Take the College Way exit (#227) and turn East onto College Way.

Turn North (Left) at the second traffic light onto Riverside Drive.

Turn West (Left) onto Pacific Place (just before the Riverside Health Club on your left).

Skagit County Community Action Agency is the second building on the left.
Office Hours:
Monday - Friday    8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Note:  In order to assist families who work, our WIC Program is open until 7:00 pm, Monday through Thursday.