Community Safety Net

Pike Place Market Foundation

Pike Place 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.

Last year supporters helped us raise over $34,000 for the Safety Net, which was distributed to over 50 people. This fund helped community members maintain stable housing, pay medical bills, replace damaged farm equipment, and more.

Read these stories and more on our “People of the Market” blog here.

Pike Place Market Foundation

"“I was almost evicted and I didn't know what to do. It was awful – I was thinking me and my dog Cha Cha would end up back on the streets. I’ve been homeless before and I didn’t want to go back. Luckily the Safety Net helped me keep my home."

- Linda, Market resident and volunteer

Pike Place Market Foundation

"By miracle, the Market's Safety Net provided first month's rent I needed to move into housing, so I could receive medical care in my own home.""

- Paul, Market resident

Pike Place Market Foundation

"The Community Safety Net provided crucial support that saved my home and helped me pay off my mortgage while I was ill. Once I have enough money saved, I will donate back into the Safety Net, so that I can support my Market neighbors who need assistance."

- Nayana, Market craftsperson

Pike Place Market Foundation

"I fell unexpectedly ill recently and couldn't afford to keep my home, which doubles as my work space. Fortunately, the Safety Net came through with a month's rent so I could pay my medical bills. I can't think of anywhere else where you have this kind of support when you're self-employed!"

- Cynthia Nochowitz, Market craftsperson