Financial Assistance in Whatcom County

The following is a list of opportunities for Sudden Valley members to save on their taxes, utilities, and in other areas.

Did you know that Whatcom County has two programs for seniors and disabled low income persons to reduce their county property taxes? The Senior/Disabled Tax Exemption Program provides a reduction in your property taxes. The Senior/Disabled Tax Deferral Program allows you to postpone paying property taxes until such time as you sell your house. The amount of your household income determines the amount of the reduction.  You can get more information about these programs at the following web site: Call for an application from the Assessor’s Office at 360-778-5050.

If you qualify for the county program, you can also save 40% on your Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District bills. Effective January 1, 2015 the District is offering a 40% discounted rate for qualifying customers. You can download an application form at:

Puget Sound Energy – The federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides financial assistance as well as the PSE HELP (Home Energy Lifeline Program) Program. This assistance is available by calling the Opportunity Council at 360-255-2192 or 1-888-586-7293.

Cascade Natural Gas – Washington: If you are a customer in Washington, funds are provided by Cascade Natural Gas to the Washington Energy Assistance Fund (WEAF) to assist qualified low income customers with utility bill assistance.  Washington customers may apply for available funds through the Opportunity Council at 360-255-2192 or 1-888-586-7293.

Opportunity Council – There are many programs available for your basic needs through the Opportunity Council. These include Basic Food Outreach, Community Resource Centers, and Transportation as well as their Energy Assistance Program. Just visit their web site at