The Market’s Community Safety Net is a fund available to anyone working or living in Pike Place Market who has experienced extreme financial hardship, and who needs support to regain their stability.
In 2017 we were able to give $41,200 to 59 people in the Market in need. The Community Safety Net is the evolution of the previously established Emergency Rent Fund and Farmer Relief Fund; by combining these funds, we can widen the eligibility to the merchant, daystall, and busker communities, as well as to include requests made by the social workers of Market agencies.
Our goal for The Community Safety Net is to receive referrals of at-risk clients that we can offer more preventive measures through the resource desk at the Market Commons. We also aim to provide better background support and communication for Market community members applying for the Safety Net.
Read stories on recipients of the Safety Net and more on our “People of the Market” blog here.