A new six-story Amazon building in Seattle is to include a shelter for the homeless.
It was announced via Business Wire that Mary’s Place, a long standing refuge for those facing accommodation difficulties, would be given “more than 47,000 sq. ft. of space within Amazon’s newest headquarters building“.
The permanent addition to the building will include “65 rooms, which will shelter more than 200 homeless women, children, and families each night.”
“To have a permanent downtown Seattle location within Amazon is a game-changer for Mary’s Place and the families we serve,” said Marty Hartman, Executive Director of Mary’s Place. “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.”
Business Wire added: “Mary’s Place does incredible, life-saving work every day for women, children, and families experiencing homelessness in the Seattle community,” said 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.”
NPR added that “Amazon’s announcement comes just two weeks after Seattle’s mayor trumpeted that Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s foundation was promising $30 million toward building a new facility to house the city’s homeless families and children. The city of Seattle committed an additional $5 million in capital and funds to support the center’s operations and maintenance.”
About Mary’s Place: Mary’s Place empowers women, children, and families to reclaim their lives by providing shelter, nourishment, resources, healing and hope in a safe community. They operate several family night shelters that work to place families in stable housing by providing employment, housing, financial, and wellness resources. More info is available at marysplaceseattle.org,https://www.facebook.com/marysplacewa, twitter.com/marysplacewa