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.
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.
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’ve already received more than 1,000 calls for support.
Please donate to help 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 email@example.com.