Affordable housing unit

Published June 10, 2019 / by Steve Berentson

In April 2018, the Anacortes Family Center (AFC) broke ground on this 20-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. The AFC website reads: “The most effective way to prevent homelessness is to ensure the availability of quality affordable housing for those who work in our community.” For details about this non-profit organization, see

About Steve Berentson
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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