The shelter will likely be a everlasting a part of the retail big’s increasing company campus in downtown Seattle, the New York Occasions reports. It should occupy 47,000 sq. ft—roughly half the entire space—of a brand new workplace constructing Amazon plans to construct, and is able to housing as much as 220 individuals.
The concept for the shelter was born partly out of coincidence along with the pure goodness of Amazon’s coronary heart, nevertheless: the corporate is snapping up actual property in downtown Seattle as quick as it may well, and one of many properties it purchased occurred to comprise an outdated resort, which was turned into a temporary homeless shelter final 12 months.
The resort will likely be demolished, and slightly than kick out the nonprofit that runs the shelter housed there, Amazon will spend tens of thousands and thousands to assemble a everlasting shelter within the constructing that can finally change it, based on the Occasions. The nonprofit, Mary’s Place, will occupy the area with out having to pay hire or utilities.
Tech firms are sometimes criticized for taking up huge swaths of actual property and jacking up housing costs, however the homeless shelter is the newest instance that Amazon is attempting to be a superb neighbor. It has additionally introduced constructing plans to the town of Seattle without asking for customary tax breaks or different similair concessions.
In the meantime, in Silicon Valley, different tech-backed initiatives to handle the housing crunch are afoot. Final fall, Fb announced it could spend $20 million to assemble inexpensive housing models and help tenants dealing with eviction. Activists have previously criticized Fb for increasing its workplace footprint with no clear plan to handle revenue inequality and inexpensive housing.