Join Us for “Livability Night Out”

Join us for a “PeckaKucha” style word slam about the livability of our city.  We will have local talent to entertain and an opportunity to find out what many City programs are up to. HALA will be featured and you can find out what is in store for Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda in the city.

6:30 – 7:15pm Open House
What will happen at the Open House?  Attendees will have a chance to discuss policies and proposals with City staff one on one. When you get all your questions answered you can enjoy the history of Seattle by visiting the rest of the museum.

7:15 – 8:00 pm  Program
The Mayor and his Department Directors will be on stage to do an update on how they see the vision of a vibrant Seattle coming through the programs they lead.  This program will be lively and fun.

8:00 – 8:30 pm Q&A with the Mayor


Financial Assistance Available for Utility Bills

Fall is just around the corner, and for many that means a choice between higher utility bills or colder homes. However, the City is working hard to make sure that families will not have to make that choice. Mayor Murray has challenged city departments to double enrollment in the Utility Discount Program (UDP) by the end of 2018.

The City estimates that up to 72,000 residents qualify for this program, yet less than 16,000 are currently enrolled. If you know of someone who may benefit from this program – please help spread the word!

The Utility Discount Program (UDP) offers a 60 percent discount for electrical service, and a 50 percent discount for combined utility services, one of the most generous plans for either type of service available in the country. To be eligible for the program, a customer must have a household income less than 70 percent of the State Median Income (see table below) be a SCL and/or SPU customer; and not reside in housing operated by the Seattle Housing Authority, King County Housing Authority, or federal government that includes a utility allowance.

Free and Discounted Water Saving Toilets

(re-posted from SPU’s blog)

Free Toilets (Income-qualified only)
Seattle Public Utilities, in partnership with Minor Home Repair, is providing free toilets and installation for income-qualified homeowners. For example, a family of four earning less than $4,905 per month may qualify. Homes must be located in Seattle and have existing toilets installed before 2004. For more information, call 206-448-5751or go to

$75 Toilet Rebates
For a limited time, customers replacing pre-2004 water-guzzling toilets with the latest 1.06 gallons per flush models will receive a $75 rebate per toilet replaced (limit 2 per household). Learn more by calling 206-684-SAVE (7283) or go to for a list of eligible models and where you can find them.


Shop at Local Farm Stands, Support Low-Income Gardeners

The High Point and NewHolly Farm Stands open this week offering fresh organic produce picked right from the P-Patch market gardens. Grown by low-income gardeners, the produce that is fresh right now is spinach, carrots, leafy vegetables, new onions, peas, turnips, and radishes, to name a few. The farm stands’ hours of operation are 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

  • High Point Farm Stand (32nd Ave. SW and SW Juneau Street) open Wednesdays from July 9 to September 24.
  • NewHolly Farm Stand (S. Holly Park Dr. between 40th Ave. S. and Rockery Dr. S.) open Fridays from July 11 to September 26.

Both farm stands accept EBT cards and participate in Fresh Bucks which doubles consumers’ first $10 spent on the card. Come see the garden, meet the farmers, and enjoy their fresh produce.

Seattle P-Patch Market Gardens is a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods P-Patch Community Gardening Program in collaboration with Seattle Housing Authorityand GROW to support low-income gardeners and their neighborhoods. Its mission is to establish safe, healthy communities and economic opportunity through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and farm stand enterprises.

Learn more here.

Free Kitchen Compost Collectors

Seattle Public Utilities is giving away kitchen compost containers for free all summer long.

Seattle residents that pledge to compost and recycle will receive a pail to help store and carry your leftover food scraps to your food and yard waste cart. Thes containers help keep your kitchen clean and makes composting easy!

Kitchen compost containers are available at the South Transfer Station, open Sunday through Saturday, 8 a.m to 8 p.m., or in limited supply at the following events:

SeaFair Milk Carton Derby 7/12/2014
Columbia City Farmers Market 7/16/2014
Bull Moose Festival 7/26/2014
Lake City Pioneer Days 8/2/2014
South Lake Union Block Party 8/8/2014
Lake City Farmers Market 8/14/2014
Delridge Days 8/16/2014
Central Area Community Festival 8/16/2014
Rainier Court Community Festival 8/23/2014
Broadway Farmers Market 8/31/2014
Columbia City Farmers Market 9/10/2014
Fiestas Patrias 9/13/2014

Last year, Seattle diverted more than 125,000 tons of food and yard waste from the landfill by composting.