Shelters line the Skagit First Step Center on Friday in Burlington. The homeless shelter, which has 45 cabins, has been open for a year and has hosted 341 people.

BURLINGTON — In the year since the Skagit First Step Center opened, residents of the temporary homeless shelter have struggled to find a second step.

Most of those who have stayed in the 45 small cabins have returned to homelessness, a fact that has drawn attention to the need for more investment in affordable housing.

— Reporter Brandon Stone:, 360-416-2112, Twitter: @Brandon_SVH

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