Amazon's New Seattle Headquarters Will Include a Homeless Shelter

Michele Debczak
Amazon headquarters in Seattle, Washington.
Amazon headquarters in Seattle, Washington. / Mark Ralston, Staff // Getty Images

Amazon’s new headquarters was designed with the surrounding Seattle community in mind. When it opens in 2020, a homeless shelter built inside the complex will provide temporary housing to more than 200 people each night, CNN Tech reports.

On May 10, the tech giant confirmed that 47,000 square feet of its forthcoming headquarters building is reserved for Mary’s Place Family Shelter. Mary’s Place has been assisting homeless women since 1999, and in 2010 the organization opened its first night shelter for women with children. The new location at Amazon HQ will feature 65 family-sized rooms and a resource center where guests can get help finding jobs and long-term housing.

“To have a permanent downtown Seattle location within Amazon is a game-changer for Mary’s Place and the families we serve,” executive director of Mary’s Place Marty Hartman said in a statement. “This unique, first-of-its-kind shelter will remind families that they matter and that their community wants to help them succeed.”

Amazon and Mary’s Place have shared an address in the past. The nonprofit opened a temporary shelter in an unused building on Amazon’s campus in 2016. Construction on the location set to house the permanent shelter begins this fall.

[h/t CNN Tech]