24 May 2020 06:35
A permanent homeless shelter has been created by Amazon inside one of its headquarters buildings in downtown Seattle. Amazon partnered with nonprofit organization Mary's Place to open the Mary's Place Family Center in The Regrade. The family shelter was built inside one of Amazon's office buildings. The facility is kept separate from Amazon offices through priate entrances and acoustical isolation. The family shelter is an eight-floor, 63,000-square-foot facility.
Mary's Place Family Center opened permanently in March for homeless families just as the pandemic began to disrupt every arena of modern life. From 2016 to 2018, the shelter was set up in a vacant building on Amazon's Seattle campus until the permanent location was ready. The e-commerce company made the announcement on its Day One blog. "At Mary's Place Family Center in The Regrade, our kids are able to safely finish school, our employees watch children for extended hours to support parents who lost access to childcare, and moms and dads are able to search for new jobs on new laptops," said Marty Hartman, Mary's Place Executive Director. "This new shelter...ensures we don't have to return families to homelessness during this unprecedented and trying time." WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CORONAVIRUS RIGHT NOW AS STATES REOPEN, SOME SEE CORONAVIRUS CASES SPIKE EXPERTS: 90% OF CORONAVIRUS DEATHS COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED HERE'S WHEN IT'S SAFE FOR YOUR STATE TO REOPEN ADVERTISEMENT HERE ARE THE 6 WAYS THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC COULD END The shelter, with more than 63,000 square feet of space, has private rooms to optimize social distancing for its residents, as well as additional support for families experiencing homelessness. It can also accommodate 200 family members nightly and 1,000 annually. It also has a kitchen, multiple recreation spaces, a health clinic and additional support to care for special needs children. Amazon will also provide legal counsel pro bono on site. Homeless communities, along with nursing homes and other communities living in close quarters, are particularly vulnerable to severe cases of the coronavirus. California was one of the first states to increase funding to prevent coronavirus outbreaks among homeless populations.