Energy + Water Assistance

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

ALERT: The current assistance program year is CLOSED and will reopen Oct. 1, 2022.

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 August.

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.

Need assistance purchasing an A/C Unit?

To be eligible for an Air Conditioner unit, you must be approved for LIHEAP during the current program year. To apply, please complete the AC request form and return by mail or email. The last day to submit an AC Request form is Friday, August 5.

Is your furnace broken?

If you are a homeowner, you may qualify for financial assistance with furnace repairs, cleanings or replacements. Contact us at energyassistance@byrdbarr.place 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 energyassistance@byrdbarr.place or call 206-812-4940 for help with the forms.

Apply for energy + water assistance

LIHEAP closed submissions on Monday, Aug. 15.

PSE HELP closed submissions on Thursday, Sept. 6.

Both programs will reopen on Oct. 1, 2022.

All other programs are also closed and will reopen Oct. 1, 2022. This includes rental assistance and air conditioner requests.

Apply by Mail starting October 1, 2022

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

Please mail your application to 722 18th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122.

Or, you may drop off your application in person at the Byrd Barr Place front desk between the hours of 9am – 4pm Monday through Friday.

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