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Amazon spends millions of dollars designing and building a homeless shelter in the heart of downtown Seattle. The online retail giant collaborated with the non-profit Mary & # 39; s Place to transform one of its urban campuses into a home for the less fortunate, which will open in 2020 and accommodate 275 people per night

Amazon spends millions of dollars designing and building a homeless shelter in the heart of downtown Seattle.

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The online retail giant collaborated with the non-profit Mary & # 39; s Place to turn one of its urban campuses into a home for the less fortunate, which will open in 2020 and accommodate 275 people per night.

However, the eight-story shelter can only happen to a small proportion of the homeless population in the area, as more than 12,000 people live on the streets of the county, but Amazon shelter will be the largest in Washington State.

John Schoettler, Amazon's vice president for global real estate and facilities, said the company wanted to help the city's homeless crisis, declared a state of emergency by Mayor Ed Murray in 2015.

Schoettler announced the shelter in 2017 when he presented Marty Hartman, executive director of Mary & # 39; s Place homeless shelter in Seattle, with a golden key to symbolize access to the eight-story building.

Amazon spends millions of dollars designing and building a homeless shelter in the heart of downtown Seattle. The online retail giant collaborated with the non-profit Mary & # 39; s Place to transform one of its urban campuses into a home for the less fortunate, which will open in 2020 and accommodate 275 people per night

Amazon spends millions of dollars designing and building a homeless shelter in the heart of downtown Seattle. The online retail giant collaborated with the non-profit Mary & # 39; s Place to transform one of its urban campuses into a home for the less fortunate, which will open in 2020 and accommodate 275 people per night

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The technology giant issued a statement two years ago: & As we grow in Seattle, we recognize the importance of investing in our hometown in a way that benefits our neighbors and our employees.

& # 39; When Seattle's mayor, Ed Murray, declared a civil emergency for homelessness, we wanted to help in a time of great need. & # 39;

Mary & # 39; s Place will be responsible for financing her own operations, programming and staff, but Amazon said it will pay the energy bill and let the organization occupy the space rent-free.

The plans show a large cafeteria, such as a dining room, a children's playroom and personal bedrooms, which Hartman said it helps families maintain their individual dignity.

Mary & # 39; s Place will be responsible for financing her own operations, programming and staff, but Amazon said it will pay the energy bill and let the organization occupy the space rent-free

Mary & # 39; s Place will be responsible for financing her own operations, programming and staff, but Amazon said it will pay the energy bill and let the organization occupy the space rent-free

Mary & # 39; s Place will be responsible for financing her own operations, programming and staff, but Amazon said it will pay the energy bill and let the organization occupy the space rent-free

The shelter is offered to families in need, so that they have a safe place to stay. There is a playground for children and their parents to enjoy

The shelter is offered to families in need, so that they have a safe place to stay. There is a playground for children and their parents to enjoy

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The shelter is offered to families in need, so that they have a safe place to stay. There is a playground for children and their parents to enjoy

& # 39; Each of them will feel loved, secure and invited & # 39 ;, Hartman said in a video about the project.

& # 39; It's a place where their children can be kids, and their parents can work on the difficult things. & # 39;

This is also the first Mary & # 39; s Place location that offers showers and bathtubs for guests.

In total there are 30 rooms where families can stay, which have access to health and legal clinics.

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The people who live in the shelter share the new building with Amazon employees.

This is also the first Mary & # 39; s Place location that offers showers and bathtubs for guests. In total there are 30 rooms where families can stay, which have access to health and legal clinics

This is also the first Mary & # 39; s Place location that offers showers and bathtubs for guests. In total there are 30 rooms where families can stay, which have access to health and legal clinics

This is also the first Mary & # 39; s Place location that offers showers and bathtubs for guests. In total there are 30 rooms where families can stay, which have access to health and legal clinics

& # 39; Maybe, one day, when homelessness is resolved in Seattle, we can change that back into space for ourselves, & # 39; said John Schoettler, an Amazon real estate director, to the Seattle Times. & # 39; As far as I'm concerned, it's theirs, as long as they need it. & # 39;

But not everyone is convinced of the generosity of Amazon.

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Amazon has been accused of gentrification and has contributed to the city's homelessness problem by expanding in Seattle and increasing housing costs.

Amazon shared a gallery with photos that show how the construction of the eight-story shelter is progressing. The bathrooms are starting to take shape in the shelter

Amazon shared a gallery with photos that show how the construction of the eight-story shelter is progressing. The bathrooms are starting to take shape in the shelter

Amazon shared a gallery with photos that show how the construction of the eight-story shelter is progressing. The bathrooms are starting to take shape in the shelter

The plans show a large cafeteria such as a dining room, a playroom for children and personal bedrooms, which Hartman said it helps families maintain their individual dignity.

The plans show a large cafeteria such as a dining room, a playroom for children and personal bedrooms, which Hartman said it helps families maintain their individual dignity.

The plans show a large cafeteria such as a dining room, a playroom for children and personal bedrooms, which Hartman said it helps families maintain their individual dignity.

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After head office construction, rents went up – the average rental price in Seattle rose to nearly 42 percent compared to just 18 percent nationwide, Business insider.

The company, which has also built a reputation for a hard work culture, is known for its weak philanthropic efforts compared to Boeing or Starbucks in Seattle.

Alan Durning of Sightline Institute, a non-profit research organization, told the New York Times: & # 39; The reputation in Seattle certainly suffered. Doing things like this can be in the enlightened self-interest, on the spot for the world to see. & # 39;

The homeless population in Kings County was the third largest in the country after New York and Los Angeles last year, according to a report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The shelter offers a cafeteria-style dining area for families to eat together and also to spend time with other families living in the shelter. However, Amazon has been accused of gentrification and has contributed to the city's homeless problem by expanding in Seattle and increasing housing costs

The shelter offers a cafeteria-style dining area for families to eat together and also to spend time with other families living in the shelter. However, Amazon has been accused of gentrification and has contributed to the city's homeless problem by expanding in Seattle and increasing housing costs

The shelter offers a cafeteria-style dining area for families to eat together and also to spend time with other families living in the shelter. However, Amazon has been accused of gentrification and has contributed to the city's homeless problem by expanding in Seattle and increasing housing costs

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