How Does Pay-What-You-Can Programming Work?

What does it mean for services to be Pay-What-You-Can? How does that work? What should you pay?

  • Pay-What-You-Can means that you choose the price in our pay range that is right for you.
  • Pay-What-You-Can works when we have A LOT of people coming in for services, and doing exactly what the name says – Paying-What-They-Can.
  • Wondering what you should pay? We’ve got four factors to help you make your decision:
  1. Your household income.
    • We know this is personal and sometimes awkward to consider, but… please consider it. Common Ground asks people to pay what they can so that these services are affordable for individuals that might not otherwise have access to them. Money can be weird to talk about, but it’s also what we need to keep our lights on, and allows us to offer our services affordably.
  2. How many people your income supports.
    • Does your income support you alone? You and 3 other people? Are there 2 income earners in your household? This is another factor to consider.
  3. How often are you going to be in for services?
    • One of the goals of Pay-What-You-Can programming and services is to create a system that allows you to come in as often as you need. You might be able to pay one price if you need to come for services one per week, and a different price if you need to come in for services give times per week. Feel welcome to take this into consideration.
  4. How long would you like Common Ground to be around for?
    • Common Ground will only exist if our community demands that it be so through our actions.

And that’s it! Those are the 4 factors to consider in this Pay-What-You-Can model: household income, how many people your income supports, how often you will be coming in for services, and whether we want Common Ground to keep being a thing.

Thank you!