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Market Community Safety Net

Pike Place Market Foundation

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 2013, The Market Foundation joined forces with “Mother of the Market” Sharon Shaw to combine efforts and widen the eligibility to  merchant, daystall, and busker communities, as well as to include requests made by the social workers of Market agencies.

With the cost of living at an all-time high, individual financial support has become critical for our neighbors living paycheck-to-paycheck or on fixed or low incomes. Last year, The Market Community Safety Net provided resources and emergency assistance to 93 people totaling $63,963 in funds, helping Market workers, residents and neighbors experiencing unemployment, loss of income, and health risks.

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 the goal of achieving long-term economic stability for our community members.

Donate to the Market Community Safety Net


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