Emergency Assistance Program

It's easier than ever to qualify for the Emergency Assistance Program to receive immediate help. If you qualify for emergency assistance, you could receive up to $477, twice a year, toward your utility bill. 


To qualify for emergency assistance, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Your property must be a single-family residence. Duplexes, apartments, and commercial properties do not qualify for emergency assistance.
  2. Your gross household income is at or below 80% of Washington's State Median Income. (See table below.)
  3. Your Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) account is in your name or, if you rent, your City Light account is in your name.
  4. Everyone eligible for EAP in 2022 can receive 2 pledges in the calendar year (maximum total pledge of $954).

Effective January 1, 2022, your gross household income must be at or below the following:

Household Size Gross Monthly Household Income Gross Annual Household Income
1 $3,750 $45,000
2 $4,903 $58,836
3 $6,057 $72,684
4 $7,211 $86,532
5 $8,365 $100,380
6 $9,518 $114,216
Each Additional $217 $2,604

Note: Gross household income is the combined income of all the people residing in the household who are 18 years or older, before taxes are taken out.


Application and Contact

If you meet all the eligibility requirements above, apply for Emergency Assistance by completing the Utility Assistance Program Application (download a How to Apply Guide). If you need to apply by phone, you can contact us at (206) 684-5800.

If you qualify for emergency assistance, you may also qualify for the Utility Discount Program. Payment plans are also available to all customers regardless of income.