Amazon offers company building as free shelter for Seattle’s homeless

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Amazon is repurposing a building purchased for its downtown Seattle campus as temporary housing for the city’s burgeoning homeless population, Amazon real estate director John Schoettler said in a statement Thursday

The nearly 35,000 square-foot building will house about 200 residents and was formerly a Travelodge hotel and college dormitory, the Seattle Times reported

Rooms in the shelter will be reserved for families with children, as well as their pets. Residents will only be allowed to stay in the shelter at night, but can store possessions in their rooms while at Mary’s Place’s day shelters, the nonprofit said on its Facebook page. Read more…

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