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Human Services

The safety and health of our community is our highest priority. We realize recent closures and social isolation can have a significant impact on your family's needs, physical health, and mental health. We offer a variety of services including mental health services, veterans assistance, rental and housing assistance, and more. 

Our phone hours for remote assistance are from 8am-4:30pm M-F, (360) 678-8284. 

Our office is now open for walk-in assistance from 9am-3pm, M-F

If you have been impacted by COVID-19:

Island County Human Services is administering grants that are part of Washington State's response to the COVID-19 Crisis. These funds are intended to:

     1. Prevent Evictions and utlility shut-offs by paying past due, current, and future rent and                     utility payments.

     2. Prevent forclosures by paying past due and current mortgages and utility payments. 

Ways to apply for Rental and Utility Assistance:

     Youth aged 18-24:

            - Call Ryan's House for Youth at (360) 331-4575 to schedule an appointment. 

     Camano Island Residents:

     Whidbey Island Residents:

            - Call the Housing Support Center at (360) 678-8284 to get on our waitlist.

            - In person appointments at Mission Ministires in Oak Harbor. Call (360) 720-3202 to                            schedule an appointment. 

            - Click the link below for online pre-application to get on our waitlist and staff will follow-up                 to complete.

How to apply for Mortgage and Utility Assistance

     Camano and Whidbey Island Residents:                

                 - Call Jaimie Owens at Opportunity Council - (360) 679-6577 ext. 2139

If you are unable to complete the required fields on this application or if you feel you do not qualify, please call (360) 678-8284 for assistance or information about other Housing Programs.

If you are struggling with Homelessness, call the Housing Support Center: 360-678-8284

Additional Services 

We understand recent closures and mandates for social distancing can have an impact on you and your family. If you are feeling anxious, scared, or are in need of resources related to mental health, please call the Island County Helpline at: 360-678-2346 OR click below:

All of the programs below can also be easily accessed through our online referral form:

Please inquire early in order to take advantage of these resources.


Access assistance with:

  • Unemployment benefits
  • Available food resources
  • Other basic needs.
  • Individual, Child and Family behavioral health supports:
  • Addressing mental health and substance use needs through brief services
  • Help in connecting with health care providers, long term counseling, other behavioral health needs
  • Assist in locating support groups for seniors, parents, essential workers, etc.
  • Talks/presentations to community organizations and other needs that the community may identify

Rent, Mortgage, Utility Assistance: 360-678-8284                         

 If your household income has decreased as a direct result of COVID-19, and you are in arrears or unable to pay in full the pending rent/mortgage installment you may be eligible for assistance.

Funds will be distributed in the form of rent, mortgage, or utility payments on behalf of households whose primary residence is within Island County. 

 Documents to verify identity and income and a brief screening to determine program eligibility for this financial assistance must be confirmed before issuing payment on behalf of a household.

 Human Services Helpline:  360-678-2346

Help to access unemployment benefits, available food resources and other basic needs

Individual, Child and Family behavioral health supports:

o   Addressing mental health and substance use needs through brief services

o   Help in connecting with health care providers, long term counseling, other behavioral health needs

Community education: 360-678-8294

Support groups for seniors, parents, essential workers, etc. 

Talks/presentations to community organizations and other needs that the community may identify

We provide assistance in the following areas, Click on link to go directly to the program page:

Housing Support Center - Need help with shelter? At risk of losing your housing?


Mental Health - Need to talk with someone? Concerned about a family member or neighbor?


Substance Use - Need a referral?


Developmental Disabilities - Need support?


Veterans - Need resources?                            


Early Childhood - Need parenting support?


Our Vision

Island County is a place where people are respected and valued and where everyone has the opportunity to participate in and contribute to their community.

Our Mission

Island County Human Services is an accessible and responsive community resource, working collaboratively to help meet essential needs of the people of Island County and to provide opportunities for our citizens to become contributing members of our community.

We Value

  • Working with compassion, integrity, intention and enthusiasm
  • Building positive community partnerships and coalitions
  • Treating ourselves and others with respect and dignity.
  • Being good stewards of public funds
  • Being accountable to ourselves, one another and the public
  • Being respectful and honoring diversity
  • Encouraging a blended model of health and healing that includes mind, body, spirit, nature and community
  • Creating an open, respectful and fun working environment
  • Enjoying ourselves along the way and occasionally cutting loose

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On April 22, 2020 the Washington State Legislature approved Governor Inslee's request to extend Proclamation 20-28 through May 4, 2020.