New Amazon Building In Seattle Will Include A Homeless Shelter

New Amazon Building In Seattle Will Include A Homeless Shelter

Still, no matter how much bad press this story gets, what's more important than Amazon's motives is that countless homeless families will be able to have a safe place to stay, albeit temporarily. Perhaps now that Amazon has chose to take such a bold move, putting its own employees in direct contact with the shelter it's going to house, more companies will follow suit.

In April 2016, Amazon provided Mary's Place with temporary use of a vacant building on its growing urban campus - a former Travelodge hotel. "By sharing permanent space with Mary's Place, Amazon employees will now have even more opportunities to volunteer and support the organization and the families they serve".

The idea also addresses a critical issue for the city - homelessness - that some say is aggravated by the breakneck growth spurred in large part by Amazon's own expansion.

Construction crews are in the process of building the new Amazon tower, across 7th Avenue in Seattle from the new spheres. By the close of 2016, Amazon had acquired a total of 8.5 million square feet across Seattle, and the company is expected to fill up to 12 million square feet by 2022.

The new, 47,000-square-foot space will be a little larger.

"Mary's Place does incredible, life-saving work every day for women, children and families experiencing homelessness in the Seattle community", Amazon boss Jeff Bezos said.


Amazon's vice president for global real estate and facilities John Schoettler has said the company will gift "tens of millions of dollars" to the construction of the Mary's Place facilities. Amazon will pay all the utilities for the Mary's Place shelter.

Schoettler said Amazon was impressed by Mary's Place, and he described the plan to give the shelter a permanent home as an investment in the neighbourhood.

More than 10,000 people are homeless in the Seattle area, with more than 4,000 of them living on the streets, the Seattle/King County coalition on homelessness estimated in a report previous year.

As CNN points out, this isn't the first time Amazon has worked with Mary's Place.The planned Mary's Place is highlighted in this rendering of two new buildings that Amazon will construct at its downtown Seattle campus.

Seattle locals can expect the shelter, which will feature a resource center and job-hunting services much like the dozens of other nonprofits in the area, to open its doors in early 2020.

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