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To see that every tribal citizen can access housing that meets their individual needs and is free from any form of discrimination.

Mission Statement

To provide affordable, decent, safe and sanitary housing for Tribal citizens through supportive and orderly community development; offer services that support social, physical and community housing activities and education to promote harmony, cooperation and values.

News From Our Housing Department


Renters Workshop April 24, 2024 Mount Vernon WA

Xwch'angteng Housing OPEN ENROLLMENT

All services offered in Housing are provided in our ten-county service area: Clallam, Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, and Whatcom.

Samish Xwch'angteng Housing is Located in Anacortes, WA 98221



Homelessness Prevention

Have you received a Three-Day Notice to Pay or Vacate? Are you facing eviction for nonpayment of rent?

This might be the program for you. If eligible, we may be able to assist you in catching up on past due amounts. 

Rapid Re-Housing

Are you living in an overcrowded situation? Are you living in your car or van or tent? Have you just lost your home?

This might be the program for you. If eligible, we may be able to assist you in finding a new place to live, financial assistance, and budgeting.  

Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA)

Having trouble finding an affordable place to live? Are you having trouble paying rent each month?

This might be the program for you. If eligible, we may be able to find you a more affordable place to live and/or assist with rental payments. 

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Heating bill too high? Electric bill unmanageable? Are you an elder, person with a disability, or have someone under the age of 5 years old living with you and need cooling in the summer or heat in the winter?

This might be the program for you. If eligible, this program can help you with weatherization, energy payments, and help you be more energy efficient.

 Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP)

Running out of food before your next paycheck? Unable to afford healthy foods?

This might be the program for you. If eligible, this program supplies vouchers and/or bulk purchases for citizens.

Samish Xwch'angteng Housing

The Samish Xwch’angteng Housing program serves the affordable housing needs of low-income Samish Tribal Citizens that are 62 years of age or older and/or Samish Tribal Citizens that are permanently and totally disabled.

Eligibility is further determined by verification of enrollment, income, references from landlords and credit providers, criminal and credit background checks, and household composition.

OPEN ENROLLMENT IS JANUARY 9TH 2024. Please contact Xwch'angteng Housing staff to apply.

Housing and Program Policies

In the Community: Qwlhó7el Camas Bake (Whidbey Island)

The Coast Salish Youth Coalition invites Samish citizens to attend their 6th Annual Qwlhó7el Camas Bake.

Dates: 16 – 19 May, 2024

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Culture Talk: Blankets of Nobility (online + Anacortes)

Anacortes, WA

Learn about the role of Coast Salish women in fostering a social economy of generosity.

Dates: 04 – 04 Jun, 2024

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Book Club: Native Seattle (virtual)

Join us for a discussion of “Native Seattle: Histories from the Crossing-Over Place” by Coll Thrush.

Dates: 11 – 11 Jun, 2024

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Samish Elders Virtual Summer Gathering

If you cannot attend the Annual Elders Luncheon, Samish Elders are invited to our Samish Elders Virtual Summer Gathering.

Dates: 14 – 14 Jun, 2024

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Chat & Craft (online + Anacortes)

Join us online or in-person to catch up while working on independent craft projects.

Dates: 15 – 15 Jun, 2024

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Annual Elders Luncheon

Samish Elders and intertribal Elders are invited!

Dates: 28 – 28 Jun, 2024

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Morning Social (online + Anacortes)

Anacortes, WA

Join online or gather at Fidalgo Bay Resort to chat and catch up.

Dates: 29 – 29 Jun, 2024

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Canoe Trips (Anacortes)

Anacortes, WA

Join the Samish Canoe Family for a short canoe trip in Fidalgo Bay.

Dates: 29 – 29 Jun, 2024

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Salish Sea Háwe7 (Anacortes)

Anacortes, WA

Explore the Samish homelands by water with Island Adventures.

Dates: 29 – 29 Jun, 2024

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Smoke Signals (online + Anacortes)

Anacortes, WA

Join virtually or in-person for a group streaming of Smoke Signals.

Dates: 29 – 29 Jun, 2024

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Book Club: 1491 (virtual)

Join us for a discussion of “1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus” by Charles C. Mann.

Dates: 15 – 15 Oct, 2024

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