ALERT: Plan to stay cool this summer with a new air conditioning unit. We are currently accepting applications for our energy assistance programs — Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Puget Sound Energy Home Energy Lifeline Program (PSE HELP) — that support households with paying your energy bill. With LIHEAP, you can also receive a new A/C unit. Learn more and apply today.


Advocating for Racial Equity

Advocating for Equity Statewide

We bring people together through anti-poverty and anti-racist actions to create an equitable future. Our groundbreaking reports spur public dialogue and drive solutions.


We are deeply saddened by the loss of Black lives, due to violence fueled by racism and the effects of COVID-19. We know long-standing institutional racism has negatively impacted our Black communities and we are calling for change, as well as stand in unity with those calling for change.

News & Events

the home of Byrd Barr Place in 2020, a brick firehouse with four firehouse doors painted in red

Celebrating Community Action Month

May is Community Action Month, recognizing the vital work of community action agencies fighting poverty and empowering communities. Did you know Byrd Barr Place is one of the oldest community action agencies in the U.S.?

Four people on Small Axe Farm harvesting greens. One person is holding a crate full of greens in their right hand and a bushel of greens in their left hand. Two others are also holding up greens, and the fourth has a red flower.

Growing Reciprocity: Black Farmers Collective

Read how we’re partnering with and stocking our market with fresh produce from the Black Farmers Collective, a local Black-led organization that works to strengthen food sovereignty in Black communities.

Two posters with post-it notes about safety root causes and conceivable contributions.

April Community Convening Recap

Our second community convening took us further into our communal concerns, enabling us to not only revisit the six topics previously prioritized but also to lay the groundwork for a more targeted approach.

Building pathways to self-sufficiency

Households kept warm with our energy assistance program in 2023
Families stayed housed with our rental assistance program in 2023
Households were nourished by healthy food from The Market in 2023
People gained confidence and skills about budgeting, saving and credit in 2022

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