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.

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.

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