Amazon Turn Seattle Office Building Into Shelter
Amazon has partnered with Mary's Place, a nonprofit organization, to turn one of Amazon's headquarters into a homeless shelter in downtown Seattle. The shelter can currently house 50 families but will eventually expand to be able to accommodate 100 families while helping 1,000 families every year.
"The family shelter was built inside one of Amazon's office buildings. The facility is kept separate from Amazon offices through private entrances and acoustical isolation. The family shelter is an eight-floor, 63,000 -square-foot facility", Deadline reports.
Amazon's own legal team will help provide legal support for the shelter's residents. There is also a dining room, a kitchen, and recreation spaces for children. The surrounding public spaces have also been built to cater to the residents of the shelter. Deadline also reports that "for those with medical conditions, Amazon will make on-site healthcare available."
"This new shelter, opening when it did, has been our saving grace…It was our neighbors at Amazon who recognized what we needed before we ever realized it, and this space ensures we don't have to return families to homelessness during this unprecedented and trying time." said Mary Hartman, the executive director of Mary's Place.