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.
Seeing the incredible need that our community is now facing with COVID-19, we launched a Market Community Safety Net Campaign to raise funds to support the Market community through this crisis. Demand from our community has skyrocketed over the past month and we anticipate the need will overwhelm our existing system. We’ve already received more than 1,000 calls for support. Please donate to help Market workers, farmer, artists, merchants and residents who desperately need support right now.
In 2019, The Market Community Safety Net assisted 103 people with emergency funds and support resources. The Community Safety Net is the evolution of the previously established Emergency Rent Fund and Farmer Relief Fund; by combining these funds, we expanded the eligibility to the merchant, daystall, and busker communities, in addition to requests made by the agency staff of the Market’s community service partners.