Mary's Place will be allowed to occupy one of the buildings permanently, for free, and occupy 47,000 square feet to house more than 200 people in 65 rooms - about the same number of people it now houses, but with approximately 10,000 square feet more room. In order to help alleviate the problem, Amazon announced it would lend space in its new building to Mary's Place, an organization that operates several family shelters.
Mary's Place, a shelter for women, children and families, has housed a family shelter in an old motel purchased by Amazon since last April.
"Mary's Place does incredible, life-saving work every day for women, children and families experiencing homelessness in the Seattle community", Amazon boss Jeff Bezos said. "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".
Moving Mary's Place into its new office building could help Amazon's reputation, especially in Seattle.
In response to criticisms of Amazon's working conditions and effect on small businesses, the e-commerce giant plans to designate almost 50,000 square feet of space in its new, Seattle-based headquarters to address the city's homelessness problem.
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"It's the closest thing to home that any homeless person can have", Lopez said. By the close of 2016, Amazon had acquired a total of 8.5 million square feet across Seattle, and the company is expected to fill up to 12 million square feet by 2022. The Times reported that Amazon will pay for the utilities and rent; Mary's Place will pay its own staff as it does at the temporary space now. That makes the company's decision to build the shelter within its own headquarters "an unusual arrangement", as The New York Times described it.
Hartman saying of Amazon's commitment, "These families will be stable, and we know, we'll be able to serve more and more families in that building over time".
"Too often, homelessness gets pushed to the other side of the tracks", Roman said.
The permanent space for Mary's Place is the second major homelessness initiative to be integrated into Amazon's growing campus.
Amazon also posted the announcement on its news site.
Seattle's homelessness crisis has also worsened, with tent encampments sprouting up by the side of freeways, under bridges and in parks. More than 10,000 people are homeless in Seattle's King County area, with over 4,000 living on the streets, the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness estimated in a 2016 report.