Supporting Affordability and Livability

The City and its partners provide services and programs that help keep our city affordable and livable. The goal of this platform is to ensure Seattle remains an inclusive and accommodating city for all residents. All programs, initiatives, and services aim to ensure that all people living in Seattle can meet their basic needs.

Achieving financial empowerment for Seattle's working families requires bold action on many fronts. HSD is working to make Seattle more affordable for all by expanding the Utility Discount Program, raising the cost of living rate for human service providers staff, and ensuring access to healthy and nutritious foods for all residents.

Provides eligible customers with a discount on their utility bills (60% from Seattle City Light and 50% from Seattle Public Utilities).
The Car Tab Rebate program provides a $20 rebate on car-tab fees to income qualified vehicle owners with a car registered in Seattle.
Congregate meal programs help meet the dietary needs of adults 60 years and older by providing nutritionally-sound meals in a group setting. Nutrition education and social and fitness activities are also provided.
Aging and Disability Services contracts with community-based organizations to provide home-delivered meals (sometimes called “Meals on Wheels”) for older persons who are unable to leave their homes to shop or prepare nutritious meals. For information about eligibility, contact Community Living Connections—the Aging and Disability Resource Network at 1-844-348-5464.
Summer meal program provides no-cost breakfasts, lunches, and snacks for kids and teens ages 1-18.
HSD helps to support The Fresh Bucks to Go program, which provides fresh, local fruits and vegetables delivered every other week to families participating in Seattle's subsidized preschool programs.

Fresh Bucks also makes healthy fruits and vegetables easier to afford by matching SNAP/EBT (food stamps) benefits dollar-for-dollar up to $10 at all participating farmers market locations in Seattle and King County. Seattle leverages federal food dollars into the greater community by supporting free summer meals, senior meals, and the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program.