Tax season is just around the corner! If you need advice on how to file your taxes, please stop by Byrd Barr Place to take advantage of our free Tax Preparation services now through April. You can meet with our specialist on Mondays and Wednesdays 1:00 – 5:00 pm or call (206) 812-4940 to make an appointment. We can help you file electronically using our tax preparation software or answer questions you may have. For more complex tax returns, we can help prep your taxes in coordination with a United Way certified tax specialist.

We are thrilled to announce the release of a new study: “Creating an Equitable Future for Black Washingtonians”. About a year ago Byrd Barr Place formed a coalition which commissioned this report to research the major ways our social, economic, and political systems in Washington State intertwine to create barriers that impede progress within the Black community. The report identifies multiple solutions for improving opportunities for Blacks in our state. These solutions would not only help to improve the well-being of Blacks as individuals and as communities, but they would also serve to strengthen our state’s economic and civic future. Visit to learn more about the research findings, how this report can help our community, and how you can get involved.

A true “child of the 60s,” 72-year-old Lorraine Campbell is a warm, upbeat, free-spirited woman with a wealth of life experience. She is a three-time cancer survivor. She’s also a published author, and is currently working on a memoir which she hopes to fund through an Artist Trust Fellowship. Yet despite living life to the fullest, Lorraine can barely afford to eat. She lives on only $710 a month in Supplemental Security Income with $100 a month in food stamps. She can afford to spend $1 on each meal. (more…)