Amazon Bought An Old Hotel In Seattle And Turned It Into A Homeless Shelter

Last month, Amazon announced that it’s turning an old hotel it bought in downtown Seattle into a temporary shelter for homeless people.

It’s only going to be open through 2017. Amazon bought the land to turn it into part of its ever expanding campus.

But for now, Amazon has partnered with nonprofit organization Mary’s Place and the Seattle Mayor’s office to run the shelter.

 

The building is a former Travelodge hotel in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle, near Amazon’s headquarters.

The building is a former Travelodge hotel in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle, near Amazon's headquarters.

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Amazon took care of all the interior improvements, but it reached out to a local nonprofit called Mary’s Place to run the facility. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos also donated $1 million to Mary’s Place as part of the project.

Amazon took care of all the interior improvements, but it reached out to a local nonprofit called Mary's Place to run the facility. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos also donated $1 million to Mary's Place as part of the project.

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The building has 60 guest rooms. It can house up to 200 people.

The building has 60 guest rooms. It can house up to 200 people.

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Currently, it houses about 100 people, but it expects to be full by the end of May. A homeless family in King County can call 211 to join the shelter.

Currently, it houses about 100 people, but it expects to be full by the end of May. A homeless family in King County can call 211 to join the shelter.

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Each room comes with a bathroom and shower.

Each room comes with a bathroom and shower.

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The shelter offers free breakfast and dinner, too.

The shelter offers free breakfast and dinner, too.

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Families can stay until construction starts in the spring of 2017

 

 

Source – businessinsider

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