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Amazon is spending millions of dollars designing and constructing a homeless shelter in the heart of downtown Seattle.

The online retail giant partnered with the non-profit Mary's Place to transform one of its urban campuses into a home for the less fortunate, which will open in 2020 and house 275 people per night. 

However, the eight-story shelter can only happen a small portion of the homeless population in the area, as there are more than 12,000 people living on the streets in the county, but Amazon's shelter will be the largest in the state of Washington.  

John Schoettler, Amazon's vice president for global real estate and facilities, said the company wanted to help the city's homelessness crisis, which was declared as a  state of emergency in 2015 by Mayor Ed Murray.

Schoettler made the announcement of the shelter in 2017 when he presented Marty Hartman, the executive director of Mary's Place homeless shelter in Seattle, with a golden key to symbolize access to the eight-story building.

Amazon is spending millions of dollars designing and constructing a homeless shelter in the heart of downtown Seattle. The online retail giant partnered with the non-profit Mary's Place to transform one of its urban campuses into a home for the less fortunate, which will open in 2020 and house 275 people per night

Amazon is spending millions of dollars designing and constructing a homeless shelter in the heart of downtown Seattle. The online retail giant partnered with the non-profit Mary's Place to transform one of its urban campuses into a home for the less fortunate, which will open in 2020 and house 275 people per night

The tech giant released a statement two years ago saying, 'As we grow in Seattle, we recognize the importance of investing in our hometown in ways that benefit our neighbors and our employees.

'When Seattle Mayor Ed Murray declared a civil state of emergency on homelessness we wanted to help out in a time of great need.'

Mary's Place will be responsible for funding its own operations, programming,and staff, but Amazon said it will foot the utilities bill and allow the organization to inhabit the space rent-free. 

The plans show a large cafeteria like dinning room, playroom for children and personal bedrooms, which Hartman said will help 'families to maintain their individual dignity'.

Mary's Place will be responsible for funding its own operations, programming,and staff, but Amazon said it will foot the utilities bill and allow the organization to inhabit the space rent-free

Mary's Place will be responsible for funding its own operations, programming,and staff, but Amazon said it will foot the utilities bill and allow the organization to inhabit the space rent-free

The shelter will be offered to families in need, allowing them to have a safe place to stay. There will be a play area for children and their parents to enjoy

The shelter will be offered to families in need, allowing them to have a safe place to stay.

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