Seattle Utility Discount Program

The City of Seattle will be promoting their Utility Discount Program (UDP) at five Farmers Markets this month. The program allows low-income residents receive lower rates on their utilities to help Seattle working families.

The effort is targeted towards immigrant and refugee communities that may not know about the program. The city estimates that only about 11% of foreign-born city residents are currently using the Utility Discount Program. Interpreters and translated materials will be available at the Farmers Market locations during the promotion event.

The program has some of the largest discounts available in the country. A family of four that makes $4905 per month or less are able to receive up to a 60% discount on their City Light bill and up to 50% off their Water, Sewer, and Garbage bill.

In addition to the Utility Discount Program, officials will also be promoting the Fresh Bucks promotion, which doubles the dollars used from federal food stamp benefits (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP) when purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables at Seattle Farmers Markets. Up to $10 can be used towards the purchases of additional fruits and vegetables.

The events will take place at the following Farmers Markets: University District, Saturdays, September 6 and 20; Broadway, Sundays, September 7 and 21; Ballard, Sundays, September 7 and 21; Columbia City, Wednesdays, September 10 and 24; and Lake City, Thursdays, September 11 and 25.

Find out more about the Utility Discount Program at http://murray.seattle.gov/udp.