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Island County assistance programs.

Learn about how to get access to rental assistance programs, financial aid for paying energy bills, weatherization, and other assistance programs.

Rent-eviction prevention

The non-profit Opportunity Council - Island County runs a rental assistance program that will help individuals and families to avoid eviction from their apartment or home. There are several programs offered with various income guidelines to participate in each one. Limited amount of financial aid available to those facing an eviction. Households are able to qualify for rent help once in a 12 month time period. The phone number is below.

Social services and financial assistance programs

DSHS - Community Services Offices - Island offers the working poor, low income, and unemployed various services. They include General Assistance, which is a program that offers cash assistance and grants to those individuals with no minor children in the home if they are unable to obtain gainful employment due to incapacity for at least a 90 day period of time. Another service offered is known as Diversion Cash Assistance. This is a program that provides cash grants that were designed to prevent households in Island County with children from having to enroll in public assistance, by assisting them and paying for living expenses for needs such as utility bills, housing, transportation, rental help, child care, food and employment-related expenses. Dial (187) 750 - 1223.

Island County community action agency - Opportunity Council

This is the non-profit agency that services Coupeville and Island County residents. The assistance programs offered to qualified individuals include the following. It is just a sampling. Call them for more information.

  • Community Resources and Information - The agency will connects low income, elderly, and unemployed people in Island County with community resources, charities, and non-profits. The groups partner together to help meet basic needs of local families and individuals, such as offering them free food and housing; including requests for emergency shelter, foreclosure counseling, rental assistance, they provide referrals for affordable housing and problem solving and legal help with landlord/tenant issues.





  • Energy, heating, and utility bills - The agency coordinates programs that will help pay home energy costs and bills for eligible households.
  • Weatherization - Federal government funded program that increases home energy conservation and efficiency of homes and apartments.
  • Food assistance - Learn about what local agencies and panties distribute food to people in need.
  • The Homeless Service Center is a resource for assisting with rent or housing needs. Qualified Island County families can receive everything from applications to government grants for paying rent to funds for a security deposit. A key goal is on homeless prevention.
  • Referrals and many other services are offered by staff at the non-profit agency, ranging from child development to information on public benefits such as SNAP food stamps.

Call the Oak Harbor Washington Opportunity Council at (360) 679-6577. Or, for more details, learn about financial assistance from Opportunity council.




By Jon McNamara











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