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

Building Renovation

Our historic firehouse is undergoing a major interior renovation.


Investing in Black-led Organizations

Black leaders share their experiences in The Case for Investing in King County’s Black-led Organizations.


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Our Work

We provide safety-net services today and advocate for an equitable tomorrow.

Addressing Urgent Needs

We help Seattle residents get emergency food, shelter and other assistance. See Services >


Building Community

Creating accessible housing and supporting independent businesses in Seattle’s Central District. See Advocacy >


Advocating for Racial Equity

Our groundbreaking reports spur dialogue and drive solutions. See Advocacy >


Changing Lives

“You just don’t come for food. You can come for rental assistance, energy assistance…” See Stories >

“Time and time again, I witness proof that Byrd Barr Place is greater than the sum of its parts. Nothing is more inspiring than the harmonized efforts of such a diverse group of individuals.”

Read Cid’s Story >

“You just don’t come for food. You can come for counseling, rental assistance, energy assistance, and … you can just talk to people.”

Read Maureen’s Story >


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