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Community Profile: The Community Safety Net

Community Profile: The Community Safety Net

Posted October 22, 2015

Pike Place Market is many things: it's a farmers market, crafts market, tourist attraction, a multicultural hub, a local haunt. It's a living piece of Seattle history, and it's a collection of some of the finest dining establishments in the area. It's also a community, with services available to residents of the Market, community members, and our own artisans and farmers.

The Pike Place Market Community Safety Net is one such entity. It provides temporary, emergency assistance for Market residents, members of the social service agencies, or of the merchant, daystall and farmer communities who have experienced extraordinary hardship and are in need of assistance to regain their stability.

Unforeseen emergencies like illness and injury can lead to difficult times for the self-employed and small business owners who sell their crafts, food, and produce at the Market. They often have little to fall back on, which is where the Market Safety Net comes in. The fund can help with temporary mortgage payments, for example, if a craftsperson misses work due to sickness.

Tomorrow's Behind the Table event, hosted by the artists, designers and craftspeople of Pike Place Market, helps fundraise for the Community Safety Net. The fund also accepts online donations through Pike Place Market Foundation.