October 1, 2013 began a new program year for the Puget Sound Energy Home Energy Lifeline Program (PSE HELP).  Eligible residents who have gas in their home should apply for this program if they have less than a $100 credit in their PSE gas account.  Benefits range from $50-$1000 depending on personal energy usage.  To apply, call 1-800-348-7144 to schedule an appointment. New appointments are available on the first business day of the week at 8am.  If you have questions, call (206) 812-4940 with questions or visit Byrd Barr Place’s Energy Assistance Page.

Byrd Barr Place’s financial coaching program links participants with the structured support to increase their financial stability, build assets and achieve their personal goals. Through financial coaching, participants can expect to learn more about income generation, financial planning, asset building, controlling money, credit building and debt alleviation. The purpose of coaching is to partner with the client to raise awareness and deepen the learning for each participant. The coach’s role involves asking powerful questions, presenting resources and contributing ideas when requested to identify financial habits. For more information or to make an appointment please contact Amy at (206) 812-4950 or amy@byrdbarr.place

Biography: Amy Samudre

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Amy Samudre is responsible for the Financial Education Program management and delivery.  A trained counselor with an MBA specializing in Microfinance from Liverpool Hope University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington, Amy worked both domestically and internationally to promote self-sufficiency and resiliency within poor families before joining Byrd Barr Place in  2013.


Byrd Barr Place’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has closed for the season. We will no longer be accepting applications for energy assistance for electric, oil, wood, or propane as we have spent all of our allotted funds.

If you know clients who recently submitted an application, they will be informed in the next 2 weeks on the status of their application and whether they received funding.  If the applicant is unsure of their application status, please contact our main office to check after July 9th.

We anticipate re-opening the program in the fall, pending federal funding.  That will be a new “Program Year” and all clients will be eligible to apply at that time.  For updated information on when the program will open, visit Byrd Barr Place’s Energy Assistance page.

This year we served 7,630 households with an average benefit of $307.  In total, Byrd Barr Place distributed over $2.5 million in LIHEAP funds to low income Seattle residents.  Thank you to all of our fabulous partner organizations for all your help in facilitating the energy assistance process.

We had a wonderful time on Saturday, June 1st, as nearly 500 people stopped by Byrd Barr Place during the Hopscotch CD!  Two different live musicians, hot dogs from Dante’s Inferno Dogs, a Play=Peace Pop Up Adventure space, and nearly 400 people attempting to achieve the record for the most people hopscotching at one time to enter in the Guinness Book of World Records made it a great day!

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Attempt at the Hopscotching World Record in Byrd Barr Place’s parking lot!

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Mack the saxophonist



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Hopscotching all the way home

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Colorful hopscotch boards


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Play = Peace

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Aubrey enjoying the park

Byrd Barr Place would like to thank everyone who participated in the Hopscotch CD on Saturday, June 1st.  We had nearly 500 people come by Byrd Barr Place on their trek through the Central District, participating in our collaboration with Play=Peace Pop Up Adventure Play, ranking second place in the Guinness Book of World Records for an attempt at the most people hopscotching at one time, and eating hot dogs galore! To see some wonderful photos of the event, click here.

Thank you to everyone who participated in The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG 2013 Campaign.  The Seattle Foundation raised $11.1 million in 24 hours for over 1,400 Seattle area nonprofits! Byrd Barr Place would also like to thank personally the 17 individuals (and a Microsoft match!) who honored Byrd Barr Place with their GiveBIG donations, totaling $2,427.95.  Through generous contributions from The Seattle Foundation, this amount will stretch to support Byrd Barr Place’s programs and services.  We could not do what we do without all your generous support.