At the brand's headquarters in Seattle, some of the local homeless population can find relief

Amazon has been at the forefront of expanding e-commerce, often impacting the business of brick and mortar stores and other negative externalities. Fully aware of the criticisms out there, Amazon decided to give back to the local community by building a homeless shelter within its high-tech headquarters in Seattle. The company will be patterning up with local nonprofit Mary's Place to not only build a resting place but provide access to other resources.

The shelter will be able to house around 200 homeless people a night, while also providing a resource center that helps this marginalized population find jobs and access to other important services. Amazon also plans to encourage its employees to get involved by volunteering in one way or another.

Similar to what is going on in San Francisco, the presence of large companies have created a housing crisis that leads to extremely high rent, making it difficult for many to afford to stay in Seattle. This initiative is one way to give back to the community help deal with the city's homelessness problem.

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Amazon has been at the forefront of expanding e-commerce, often impacting the business of brick and mortar stores and other negative externalities. Fully aware of the criticisms out there, Amazon decided to give back to the local community by building a homeless shelter within its high-tech headquarters in Seattle. The company will be patterning up with local nonprofit Mary's Place to not only build a resting place but provide access to other resources.

The shelter will be able to house around 200 homeless people a night, while also providing a resource center that helps this marginalized population find jobs and access to other important services. Amazon also plans to encourage its employees to get involved by volunteering in one way or another.