Amazon partners with local NGO to build homeless shelter in Seattle

Amazon is partnering with local nonprofit Mary’s Place to tackle Seattle’s homelessness crisis.

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The tech giant announced last Wednesday that it would donate more than 47,000 square feet of space within its new Seattle headquarters building to be turned into a homeless shelter.

Partnering with local NGO Mary’s Place, Amazon will create 65 rooms enabling to house more than 200 homeless people per night.

“Mary’s Place does incredible, life-saving work every day for women, children, and families experiencing homelessness in the Seattle community,” Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in a statement. “We are lucky to count them as neighbors and thrilled to offer them a permanent home within our downtown Seattle headquarters.”

According to CNN Tech, the new shelter will open in early 2020 and will also host a resource centre to help families to find employment and permanent housing.

Amazon customers have been able to order items on the site from the Mary’s Place’s wishlist since March 2016.  The tech giant said at the time of the program’s launch: “Your help filling our shelves will make a huge difference in the lives of moms, dads, and kids who are experiencing homelessness.”

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