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Making Seattle More Affordable

Free and Discounted Resources for Seattleites

This centralized webpage allows Seattle residents to view and access more than 100 free and discounted resources and benefits that the City and its partners provide to eligible Seattle residents.

107 Services


Resource hotline for people who need assistance

Account credit for overdue utility bills

The Emergency Assistance Program, for customers who are in danger of having their water service shut off

Account credit for underground leak

Credit for ratepayers if an underground water service line breaks on their property


Free litter clean-up supplies, safety equipment, and graffiti removal supplies for neighborhood cleanups.

Auto leaks workshop

Free inspection of auto leaks and instruction on how to fix them

Block Watch Program

Block Watches bring neighbors together and encourage safety in neighborhoods around Seattle.

Child care for children up to age 13

The Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) pays 25% to 70% of child care costs for low- to moderate-income families

Citizenship classes and one-on-one assistance

OIRA offers free naturalization services, including application and interview assistance

Citizenship clinics and workshops

OIRA holds citizenship clinics and workshops for completing forms and payments

Community Liaisons employment for bilingual individuals

Community Liaisons provide quality translation, equitable facilitation, and simultaneous interpretation

Coupons for group exercise classes

King County offers coupons for group exercise classes through Shape Up!

Dementia-friendly recreation

Provides meaningful recreation and social engagement opportunities for people living with memory loss

Democracy Vouchers

Democracy Vouchers are certificates that Seattle residents can use to help support their local candidates. Democracy [...]

Discount card for people with disabilities

Seattle's FLASH card is a discount and identification card for adults with disabilities

Discount card for people age 60 and older

Seattle's Gold Card for Healthy Aging is a resource and discount card for people age 60 and older

Discount fares for public transit

Up to 50% discount on fares for income-qualified riders

Discounted Cable Service

Affordable basic residential cable television service for Seattle residents

Discounts for at-home internet service

Low-cost, high-speed Internet and discount on electronics and smart phones

Discounts for electricity and utility bills

The Utility Discount Program (UDP) offers customers a 50-60% discount on their electricity and utilities bills

Discounts for fitness classes for people age 50 and older

Discount for new participants in fitness classes at some community centers

Discounts for pet adoptions

50% off adoptions of pets 2+ years old; free adoptions of pets 6+ years old; free pet licenses

Discounts for pet spay and neuter fees

Low-cost spay and neuter fees from the Seattle Animal Shelter; financial assistance available

Discounts for telephone service

Provides monthly telephone service discounts for income-eligible customers

Drop-in help for military veterans

A specialist from Supportive Services for Veteran Families connects low-income veterans with services

Emerald City Resource Guide

A guide published by Real Change with a comprehensive, up-to-date list of services for people experiencing homelessness [...]

Emergency Low Income Assistance (ELIA)

Customers who have received an "Urgent" or "Shut-Off' notice on balances of $250 or more can get up to $200

Emergency Preparedness Trainings

Seattle Office of Emergency Management provides trainings to educate groups about disaster preparedness and getting [...]

Employment connections in the technology sector

TechHire connects residents with the growing number of open tech jobs in our region

Environmental education

Hands-on experiences employing games, and activities to provide people with a positive experience outdoors

ESL employment workshops

Ready to Work combines ESL classes with case management for residents who face barriers to gaining employment

Find Reduced Fares for Public Transit

Save on buses, trains, light rail, street cars, and water taxis

Free adult education

The Library offers free classes for adults, teens, and ESL learners

Free after-school meals

Three Public Library branches offer free after-school meals for all youth ages 18 and under

Free athletic field drop-in program

Pilot program that provides free drop-ins at athletic fields to play unscheduled athletic games

Free combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarms

Free combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms provided and installed

Free computer, printer, copier, and wifi access

Free access to computers, printers, copiers, software and wifi at Seattle Public Libraries

Free group exercise classes

Lifelong Recreation programs focus on physical activity and are designed to serve adults of all abilities

Free group walks

Sound Steps Walking Program is a  community walking program for people age 50 years or better

Free indoor play areas for children

Toddler Gyms and Indoor Play Areas offer a variety of toys and larger space to play indoors

Free internet access

Map of free internet hotspots in Seattle

Free meals for children under 18 during summer

The Children and Youth Summer Meal Program provides meals during the summer

Free meter-reader check-outs

Check out a "Kill-A-Watt" meter from any public library to find out how much energy your appliances are using

Free museum passes with a library card

Your Seattle Public Library card grants you free access to participating museums in Seattle

Free ORCA cards for students

Free ORCA cards to middle school and high school students enrolled in Seattle Public Schools

Free outdoor gyms

Each "Fitness Zone" is equipped with  exercise equipment appropriate for teens and adults of all fitness levels

Free recreation drop-in activities

Parks offers many drop-in activities, games, and facilities for free at community centers and teen life centers

Free solid and hazardous waste services

Services at two collection facilities or onsite collection for homebound residents

Free tax help

The Seattle Public Library offers free tax preparation service January through mid-April

Free technology classes for seniors

Free computer and technology classes for seniors 55 years and older

Free tool libraries

Several neighborhood tool libraries, from which you can borrow what you need to complete DIY projects

Free training for tenants and landlords

Meetings for tenants and landlords to understand their rights and regulations, including the Fair Chance Housing law

Free training on fire safety

Free fire safety training through the multilingual Community Fire Safety Advocate Program

Free trees

Trees for Neighborhoods allows people to plant trees in their yard for free

Free water-saving toilets

Free toilets, installation, and recycling of your old toilets for low-income single family and multifamily buildings

Fresh Start Program

Fresh Start helps youth (ages 12-19) regain access to the Library’s resources by clearing late fines and other charges.

Genealogy platforms

The Library offers resources to start your family tree

Get help from a community member

Learn more about this service and get help signing up from the Department of Neighborhoods’ Community Liaisons

Health care services for people experiencing homeless

Health care services and mobile medical care for people experiencing homelessness


Energy efficiency weatherization and home upgrades for income-eligible customers

Housing assistance applications

Applications for affordable housing in Seattle

Immigrant and Refugee Resources

A list of links to resources that may be helpful to immigrants and refugees living in Seattle and King County.

Job search training

The Library has resources for career connections, cover letter and resume review, and interview preparation

King County taxpayer assistance

King County provides tax relief for our citizens on fixed-incomes, including property tax relief

Legal defense fund and network

OIRA provides free legal assistance for low-income immigrants

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

Federal assistance program for paying winter electricity bills

Low-interest loans for home repairs

The Home Repair Loan Program provides affordable loans to income-qualified homeowners to address critical issues

Money back for car tabs

Income-eligible vehicle owners with a car registered in Seattle can receive a $20 rebate on their license fee

Money back for drainage fees

Partial drainage fee rebates to customers who effectively manage stormwater on their properties

Money back for energy efficient appliances

Seattle City Light provides rebates and incentives for energy-efficient appliances and showerheads

Money back for energy-efficent home improvements

Seattle City Light provides  rebates for energy-efficient water heaters, home heat pumps, insulation, and windows

Money back for laundry appliances

Seattle City Light provides up to $50 back on energy-efficient laundry appliances

Money back for rain gardens and cisterns

Rebates for rain gardens and cisterns if you live in a targeted sewer overflow basin

Money back for replacing your oil furnace

Receive up to $2000 to switch from oil heat to high efficient electric heat pump

Money back for upgraded sprinklers

Rebates for replacing older sprinkler system timer with a new water-efficient timer, custom rebates for larger [...]

Money back for water-saving toilets

Rebates for single family and multifamily customers who replace their older toilet with a new water-efficient toilet

Money for downpayment for first-time homebuyers

The Office of Housing provides downpayment assistance to first-time homebuyers

Money for electricity bills

Project Share pays up to $250 towards the customer's bill

Money for energy efficiency improvements 

The HomeWise program offers weatherization services and repairs to income eligible households

Money for overdue electricity bills

The Emergency Low Income Assistance Program, for customers who have received an "Urgent" or "Shut-Off' notice

Money to buy fruits and vegetables

The Fresh Bucks Program matches your SNAP/EBT (food stamps) benefits 1:1 at participating locations

Money to move if your building is being renovated, converted, or closed

Displaced low-income tenants may receive relocation assistance or rent

Neighborhood Block Party Program

Free permit to close a neighborhood street and use the right of way to host a party for neighbors.

Office of Housing Resource List

A list of resources available to low-income households in Seattle and King County.

Play Streets Program

Free permit to close a neighborhood street to create more space for play and physical activity during the summer or [...]

P-Patch Community Gardening Program

P-Patch Community Gardening Program offers plot fee assistance for gardeners

Project Share

Donations-supported program providing emergency help for customers in financial crisis to pay their electricity bills

Rapid career training

Seattle Jobs Initiative’s program provides a path to career growth through rapid training, coaching, and job placement

Recreation programs

A wide range of recreation programs, including health and wellness activities, hobbies, and clubs

Reduced fares

Reduced regional fares permit with King County Metro

Resources for people facing aging and disability-related issues

CLC helps older adults, adults with disabilities, and their caregivers access information and support

Restricted Parking Zone Permit Discounts

$10 discounted Restricted Parking Zone (RPZ) permits are available. Households that indicate a financial burden are [...]

Scholarships for child care programming

Seattle Parks & Recreation offers child care scholarships for half-day programs and before- and after-school care

Scholarships for recreation programs

This scholarship program can provide discounts for individuals and families for all Parks programs and activities

Seattle Colleges Center for Working Adults

Seattle Colleges' "worker-friendly" programs help working adults start and finish their degrees

Seattle Preschool

The Seattle Preschool Program provides voluntary, high-quality early learning for Seattle's youngest learners

Small business consulting

The Small Business Development team provides consulting on low-interest financing, lease negotiations and more.

Special technology access

STAR empowers people with varying abilities and disabilities to use computers, the internet, and assistive technology

Specialized recreational programs for people with disabilities

Year-round recreational opportunities  specifically designed and conducted by trained staff

Summer camps

A wide variety of summer camps, including nature camps, sports camps, rowing and boating camps, and activity camps

Swimming lessons

Seattle Parks and Recreation offers a variety of classes, lessons, and exercises at community pools

Tuition assistance for civic leadership training

PACE offers tuition assistance to candidates for their civic leadership program

Tutoring for Rainier Beach and Garfield students

Upward Bound provides six-week summer school and tutoring/mentoring throughout the year

Upward Bound Program

Upward Bound prepares underserved high school students for higher education by promoting academic achievement, goal [...]

Utility Discount Program

60% reduction on electricity bills, 50% reduction on SPU bills

Walking and Biking Incentives

The Safe Routes to School program offers fun, free incentives for your walk and bike to school campaigns.

Youth employment

The City of Seattle's Youth Employment Initiative builds career pathways for youth by connecting them with employers

Youth sports

Diverse seasonal opportunities for youth to recreate in an environment that fosters sportsmanship, skills, and passion