Seattle’s Newest Affordability Resource

The crisis of affordability, economic disparities, and homelessness threatens the soul of our City. Too many Seattle families are struggling. As rents and property taxes continue to rise, individuals are being forced to choose between buying much-needed medications, heating their homes, buying groceries, or paying their rent. As a result, too many are living on the brink of homelessness.

One of our most important jobs is to make navigating your City government a bit easier – and to make it easier to access the programs and benefits that your tax dollars help pay for.

Right now, tens of thousands of households in Seattle are currently eligible for money back in their pockets through City programs that provide discounts, rebates, free services, and other benefits like the Child Care Assistance Program, Seattle Preschool Program, Utility Discount Program and dozens more. For the Utility Discount Program alone, there are approximately 77,000 eligible households in Seattle who are not yet enrolled.

That’s why our team in City Hall set out to fix that. We have created a new resource available at www.seattle.gov/affordable.

This new centralized webpage is a place where Seattle residents can find and access over 100 free or discounted resources and benefits that the City provides to all eligible Seattle residents.

From free internet hotspots and free tax preparation advice to scholarships for after-school programs to the Utility Discount Program, which saves residential households money on their bills, there are programs available that can help qualifying residents save money on everyday expenses.