Decluttering Just Got Easier

Published on 30 July 2015

Spring cleaning has turned into summer cleaning. Some of us are downsizing or moving. We've got too much stuff! Aiiiieeeeee!

Are You Eligible for Property Tax Relief?

Published on 30 July 2015

The Washington State Legislature recently passed Substitute Senate Bill 5186 that increased the qualifying income from $35,000 annual gross income to $40,000 for the senior/disability property tax exemption effective October 2015.

Low-income Seniors Get Fresh at Local Farmers Markets

Published on 29 April 2015

When we say "get fresh," we mean it! You can buy wonderfully fresh and nutritious produce and organic products at farmers markets throughout King County.

New Ways to Keep More of Your Hard-Earned Money

Published on 5 January 2015

Starting January 13, 2015, any household making $60,000 or less can have their taxes prepared for free by United Way of King County's Free Tax Campaign at 25 locations across King County.

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Reduce your High Winter Lighting and Heat Bills

Published on 2 December 2014

Did you know that it may be possible to reduce your high winter heating bills and summer water bills? The City of Seattle's Utility Discount Program helps low-income residents stay current on utility payments by offering a discount of about 60 percent on Seattle City Light bills and 50 percent on Seattle Public Utilities bills. (Not a Seattle resident? Read about the federally-funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program in the box below.)

Metro to Offer Reduced Fare for Qualified Low-income Riders

Published on 30 September 2014

Metro bus service will become more affordable for tens of thousands of our customers next March when we introduce a reduced fare for people with low incomes.

Mobile Dental Vans and Volunteers Make a Difference

Published on 30 September 2014

Oral health is very important in overall health and wellness, but many local seniors have difficulty accessing dental health services. Left untreated, dental issues progress to dental disease. Many people without dental coverage turn to emergency rooms with cases that could be treated more effectively in a dental office.

Are You Eligible for Property Tax Relief?

Published on 31 July 2014

The King County Assessor's Office annually values over 700,000 parcels and physically inspects 1/6th of the County each year. Property owners in King County should have received or will receive their 2014 property valuation in the mail between the months of June through October.

Fresh Bucks: Double Your EBT Dollars at Seattle Farmers Markets

Published on 2 June 2014

The popular Fresh Bucks program has returned for a third season at all Seattle farmers markets and two farm stands. Fresh Bucks gives low-income shoppers using Basic Food benefits (SNAP/food stamps) more buying power to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. In doing so, Fresh Bucks allows low-income shoppers to purchase the healthiest, freshest options without breaking the bank.The popular Fresh Bucks program has returned for a third season at all Seattle farmers markets and two farm stands. Fresh Bucks gives low-income shoppers using Basic Food benefits (SNAP/food stamps) more buying power to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. In doing so, Fresh Bucks allows low-income shoppers to purchase the healthiest, freshest options without breaking the bank.

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables for Low-Income Seniors

Published on 30 April 2014

Applications for the 2014 Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, which provides low-income seniors with $40 checks that can be exchanged for fresh produce at farmers markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture programs throughout King County, will be available on Tuesday, April 15 through Thursday, May 15 on the program website.

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Help Create a Hunger-Free King County

Published on 27 February 2014

Did you know that 30 percent of seniors must choose between food and medical expenses? Or that 65 percent of seniors eligible for food stamps—our best frontline defense against hunger—don't access the benefit? 

Keep More of Your Hard Earned Money

Published on 31 December 2013

Have you heard? Any household making $52,000 or less can have their taxes prepared for free at 19 locations throughout King County from United Way of King County.

SHIBA Helps You Find Answers to Medicare and Health Care Coverage Questions

Published on 1 August 2013

Need help finding access to Medicare plans, health insurance, health care programs, or prescription drugs? Call or meet with a Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) counselor!

"Fresh Bucks" Increases Access to Fresh Food

Published on 1 August 2013

The City of Seattle Office of Sustainability & Environment, the Washington State Farmers Market Association, and Seattle's Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance are strengthening equal access to local and healthy foods with the Fresh Bucks program. The program will double the value of purchases—up to $10—made with SNAP electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards at select farmers markets through October 31, 2013.

Get Current and Stay Current on Your Utility Payments

Published on 2 January 2013

If one of your New Year's resolutions is to manage money more effectively, consider whether there are ways to save money on your utilities.

Golden Pets for Your Golden Years…for Free!

Published on 1 November 2012

Thinking about adopting a pet but don't know where to start?

Changing Vision and Your Risk of Falling

Published on 30 August 2012

As we age, our bodies change, including our eyes and the parts of our brains responsible for processing visual information. 

Two-thirds of Eligible Seniors Have Not Taken Advantage of Basic Food Benefits

Published on 31 May 2012

The USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a strong and effective program that helps people purchase the food they need.

Vouchers Provide Fresh Fruits and Vegetables for Low-Income Seniors

Published on 1 May 2012

Applications are now available for the popular Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, which provides low-income seniors with $40 in voucher checks that can be exchanged for fresh produce at farmers markets, roadside stands, and community-supported agriculture programs throughout King County.