Amazon Is Opening A Homeless Shelter Inside Its Headquarters
Amazon is donating nearly 50,000 square feet of space within its newest Seattle headquarters building towards housing homeless people.
The e-commerce giant is co-partnering with Mary’s Place, a local nonprofit focused on combating homelessness, to build houses for the homeless.
The homeless shelter will be capable of hosting more than 200 homeless people every night.
“To have a permanent downtown Seattle location within Amazon is a game-changer for Mary’s Place and the families we serve. We’ve loved being Amazon’s neighbor, and now the opportunity to move into their headquarters permanently is truly a dream come true. This unique, first-of-its-kind shelter will remind families that they matter and that their community wants to help them succeed,” Marty Hartman, Executive Director of Mary’s Place, said in a statement.
The new Mary's Place shelter will have 65 rooms and is likely to open in early 2020.
“Mary’s Place does incredible, life-saving work every day for women, children, and families experiencing homelessness in the Seattle community,” commented Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder, and CEO. “We are lucky to count them as neighbors and thrilled to offer them a permanent home within our downtown Seattle headquarters – Amazon employees and Mary’s Place residents will move in together in early 2020.”