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.

Programs and Services:

Utility Discount Program

The City of Seattle can help people who are struggling to pay their electricity and utilities bills. Eligible households can enroll in the City of Seattle’s Utility Discount Program (UDP), which offers a 60% discount on Seattle City Light bills and a 50% discount on Seattle Public Utilities bills.

Access to Healthy Foods

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:

  • The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), also known as the Summer Meals Program, was established to ensure that children receive nutritious meals during the summer months when school is not in session. SFSP is federally funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and administered by state agencies, who reimburse providers who serve free, healthy breakfasts, lunches, and snacks to children and teens age 18 and younger.
  • Senior 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. Click here for a list of meal sites supported by our Aging and Disability Services (ADS) division.
  • ADS also 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 at 1 (844) 348-5464.

Discover more Free and Discounted Resources for Seattleites

The Affordable Seattle webpage is a centralized, online resource to help you find benefits from HSD as well as other City departments and community partners which you may be eligible for in the City of Seattle.