May 19, 2017
Amazon is creating a permanent living environment for hundreds of homeless at its soon-to-be-built downtown Seattle campus.
The e-commerce giant has let the non-profit Mary’s Place use Amazon-owned space free of charge since April 2016. Now, Mary’s Place will soon have a permanent home.
As part of the new construction, Amazon will devote half of one of its new buildings to Mary’s Place, giving it a six-story, 47,000-square-foot shelter that will house more than 200 people in 65 rooms. The capacity is similar to the temporary shelter it will replace, but the space is about 10,000 square feet larger.
It will be rent-free, with utility bills paid. Forever. And right next to the office space where Amazon workers reinvent cloud computing and the retail world.