Security & Well-Being Program

Utility Assistance Program
Due to the continuing effects of the Coronavirus pandemic that began in 2020, Skagway residents are now facing some of the financially toughest years. As we prepare for winter, SDC-CDS is once again offering residential households utility assistance. This program will be available to Skagway residents who are making at or below the HUD guidelines for low-income. The support available to households each month will depend upon the amount of funds SDC is able to raise or procure for the program.
If you are an Alaska Native or American Indian, please consider applying for the Skagway Traditional Council's Direct Assistance program to most efficiently use limited local resources.

SDC-CDS Utility Assistance Program is currently CLOSED.

Submit completed applications to Kaitlyn at SDC via email (, via fax (907-983-3414), mail (PO Box 1236) or drop-off in-person. 

For second-time program users needing to show proof of having applied for the State of Alaska's Heating Assistance Program. Find the Heating Assistance Application HERE

Funds will not be paid directly to applicants. A credit will be placed on the applicants' account/s with the utility provider/s. If you are eligible for the program but pay your bills before funds have been dispersed, funds will still be credited to your account. 

Wellness Resources
Looking for something to do this winter or want to chase away the dark days? SDC-CDS, through local partnerships, has a number of resources available for community use. Resources include:
  • Multiple Wellness workbooks available through the Skagway Public Library;
  • HappyLight's available through John Hischer at the Dahl Memorial Clinic; and​
  • Access to LinkedIn Learning, e-resource learning program through the Skagway Public Library's website:
Financial Supporters of this program & its offerings
Want to help support your community members? Donate today!

SDC-CDS is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit. All donations are tax-deductible.

If you would like to donate to this program, please make checks payable to SDC-Community Development Service (please add which program activity you would like funds to go towards in the memo). Donations can be dropped off at the Small Business Resource Center (SDC office), Mailed to PO Box 1236 or submitted online. If you have questions, please contact Kaitlyn today at 907-983-3414 or

Past Programs
Wellness Program Financial Assistance
Thanks to a generous donation from RCCL, SDC-CDS will be offering financial assistance to Skagway adult residents in the amount of $50/adult for wellness/ well-being programs now until funds run out.

This program is available to Skagway residents who are 18 years in age or older. Eligible individuals may submit one (1) application requesting assistance for one (1) healthy well-being program that supports an individual’s emotional or physical well-being. Assistance from SDC-CDS will not exceed fifty dollars ($50) per eligible community member.

These activities may include rec-center memberships, sessions with the local behavioral health clinician or wellness coach, outdoor recreational activity rentals, an appointment with a massage therapist or chiropractor, or something else.

This program is a first-come, first-serve opportunity and will close once funds are exhausted.