Affordable housing

Housing Search NW provides a free website where you can search available housing options in King County, Washington.


The YWCA of King and Snohomish counties offers a variety of programs to assist individuals and families overcome poverty, homelessness, violence and discrimination. Services include emergency shelter, affordable housing, economic empowerment, domestic violence support, youth programs, health care access, and much more.

Community health centers

The City of Seattle funds Seattle’s community health centers. These centers help assure better access to health care for people living in Seattle. The centers offer primary medical and dental care to those who would not otherwise get it.

Seattle milk fund

Seattle Milk Fund empowers parents toward higher education opportunities by funding child care grants and providing family support. Their goal is for parents to realize their higher education potential, which can create a brighter and more stable financial future for their families.

University district food bank

For 32 years, the University District Food Bank has helped prevent hunger in northeast Seattle neighborhoods. The food bank operates a walk-in food bank offering food, toiletries, baby formula, diapers and pet food to area residents.

Food stamps

For more than 40 years, SNAP has served as the foundation of America’s national nutrition safety net. It is the first line of defense against hunger and is a powerful tool for improving nutrition among low-income people.

Benefits come to the household via electronic debit cards, known as Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards which can be used in more than 246,000 approved retail stores nationwide to purchase food.

To get SNAP benefits, households must meet certain tests, including resource and income tests:

  • Resources
  • Income
  • Deductions
  • Employment Requirements
  • Special Rules for Elderly or Disabled
  • Immigrant Eligibility

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