Market Community Safety Net

Pike Place Market Foundation


The Market Community Safety Net is a fund available to people working, living or accessing community services in Pike Place Market, who are facing a sudden financial crisis and need support to regain stability. In addition to financial support, The Market Community Safety Net also provides community resource referrals and support provided by staff at The Market Commons with a goal of achieving long-term economic stability for our community members.

Since the COVID-19 crisis emerged, the need for individual financial support within the Market community has skyrocketed and we anticipate the need will overwhelm our existing system for the next year or more. We’re bolstering this fund to support our Market community of workers, residents and neighbors facing extreme hardship as the economic crisis deepens. Demand from our community has skyrocketed over the past month and we anticipate the need will overwhelm our existing system. We have served 151 people in 2020 with $61,854 in emergency funds ; to compare, we assisted 103 people total in all of 2019.

Please donate to help recovery efforts for Market workers, farmers, artists, merchants and residents who need support right now.

If you’re a Market community member looking for information about how to apply to the Market Community Safety Net, please send an email with your information to info@marketcommons.org.

Pike Place Market Foundation

"The Community Safety Net provided crucial support that saved my home and helped me pay 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

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 while recovering in my own home.""

- Paul, Market resident