Energy + Water Assistance

We offer support for Seattle residents to help pay for home heating and cooling, water utilities and furnace repair.

The current program year will close August 31, 2022 and will reopen October 1, 2022.

ALERT: There are currently no in-person appointments while our offices on 18th Ave are closed for renovations. However, we will accept applications submitted online, by mail, email or drop-off at our temporary food bank location at 420 E. Pike St. during our hours: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 9 am – 4 pm and Thursday 9 am – 3 pm.

Need help paying your energy bill?

If you live in Seattle and your household income is at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level, you may be eligible for financial assistance with your utility bill. Review eligibility criteria and apply online or by email, mail or drop off at our temporary food bank location. You can receive a grant once per program year from October through September.

Byrd Barr Place administers the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help households pay for electric, gas, wood, propane and oil heating and Puget Sound Energy’s Home Energy Lifeline Program (PSE HELP) for Puget Sound Energy customers who use gas heat.

With both programs, payment support ranges from $100 to $1,000; the average household receives $337 per year. Payment support is made by Byrd Barr Place directly to the utility company.

Need assistance with water utilities?

Byrd Barr Place also now administers the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program that serves eligible households who have been disconnected or are in imminent threat of disconnection. This program assists with drinking water and/or wastewater services. Eligible clients can receive up to $2,500 in a one-time grant, depending on the amount owed on the account.

Clients must have an active Seattle Public Utilities account to apply for water assistance. Those interested in the water assistance program can apply by submitting a LIHEAP application during the 2021-2022 program season.

Is your furnace broken?

If you are a homeowner, you may qualify for financial assistance with furnace repairs, cleanings or replacements. Contact us at or call 206-812-4940 for more information.

Have your utilities been shut off?

Notify Seattle City Light or Puget Sound Energy right away that you are applying to Byrd Barr Place for emergency energy assistance. Apply online or contact us at or call 206-812-4940 for help with the forms.

Apply for energy + water assistance

Apply Online

Submit a secure online application and upload documents. All information is confidential and used only to determine eligibility. For the best experience, please use a computer with a stable internet connection.

Apply by Mail

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

Please mail your application to 722 18th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122. All mail sent by the U.S. Postal Service will be forwarded to Byrd Barr Place’s temporary office location during the building renovation period.

If you would like to drop off your application in person, please visit the temporary food bank at 420 E. Pike St., Seattle, WA 98122 on Monday through Wednesday between 9 am and 4 pm, or Thursday between 9 am and 3 pm.

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How can we help you?

You can check the status of your grant by creating an account through our online portal. We can also send you email notifications when the status of your application and/or grant changes.


To create an account and/or sign up for email notifications, visit


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For information about why the organization changed its name to Byrd Barr Place, please check out our story. 


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