Energy Assistance: Now available year-round

Byrd Barr Place administers two financial assistance programs to help eligible Seattle households pay the costs of heating their homes.

We are now accepting applications!

LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program)

A federal program providing households with assistance for electric, gas, wood, propane or oil heating.

If your heating costs are included in your rent, you can still apply for assistance. For qualified homeowners, we can also help with furnace repairs, cleanings and replacements.

PSE HELP (Puget Sound Energy’s Home Energy Lifeline Program)

A Puget Sound Energy program for Seattle customers who use natural gas. Puget Sound Energy customers must apply for LIHEAP before applying for PSE HELP.

Payment support is made from Byrd Barr Place directly to the utility company. Payment support ranges from $100 to $1000; the average household receives $337 per year.


Apply Online

Submit a secure online application and upload documents. You can apply at any time, once per year (October to September). All information is confidential and used only to determine eligibility. For the best experience, please use a smartphone or tablet.

Apply by Mail

Download an application form or request that a form be mailed to you by emailing or calling 206-812-4940.

Emergency Assistance

Get help if you have received a final or shut-off notice, are currently disconnected from your heating provider or are out of fuel.

We apologize that we are not currently scheduling in-person appointments for energy assistance and are unable to accept faxed applications. Please apply online or by mail or contact us at or 206-812-4940 for help.