ALERT: 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, repairing or replacing your furnace, and refilling your oil tank. 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

Former CEO Andrea Caupain Sanderson stands with Angelique Kitchen and Robin Byrd after talking about changing the organization's name to honor Ms. Roberta Byrd Barr, their grandmother.

Ms. Roberta Byrd Barr: Grandma

Ms. Roberta Byrd Barr’s granddaughters Angelique Kitchen and Robin Byrd (pictured on the right above) talk about how their grandmother shaped their early lives and the legacy she leaves for future generations.

A headshot of Dr. Angela, smiling with a brick wall in the background.

An end-of-year letter from Dr. Angela Griffin

It has been an honor to join the Byrd Barr Place community and meet the friends, neighbors and families who make this space so special. As I reflect upon my first six months, I am drawn to several themes.

Sarah Mestanza wearing a flannel shirt and looking out the window of a train.

Meet Sarah Mestanza

Energy Assistance Program Coordinator Sarah Mestanza reflects upon her journey to Byrd Barr Place and the necessity of inter-community solidarity in our work towards collective liberation.

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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