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

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.

Byrd Barr Place's Director of Operations Tremayne Edwards standing in a field of sunflowers with his eyes closed and head titled toward the sun.

Meet Tremayne Edwards

Tremayne Edwards, Byrd Barr Place’s new director of operations, talks about his Southern upbringing, his present time in the Pacific Northwest, and his vision for an equitable Black future.

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Our 2021-2022 Annual Report

We achieved the “impossible” over the last two years. We created a space that we own and cannot be moved from. Read through our Annual Report to learn more about our work in 2021 and 2022.

Building pathways to self-sufficiency

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

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