Amazon Turns A Old Hotel Into Temporary Homeless Shelter (15 pics)
1Amazon 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.
2The building has 60 guest rooms. It can house up to 200 people.
3Currently, 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.
4Each room comes with a bathroom and shower.
5The shelter offers free breakfast and dinner, too.
6Families can stay until construction starts in the spring of 2017 — as long as they're working on their housing goals.
7Housing goals include filling out housing and employment applications, scheduling interviews, enrolling in school or job-training programs, and making payment plans.
8They also need to establish weekly goals to ensure they're working toward financial stability. "Families are held accountable to being fully involved in the process," a representative from Mary's Place told us.
9Each shelter guest also has to work a minimum of three hours a week, which lets them earn points that can be used towards buying items from the shelter's store.
10There's also a play area for kids and a community space where families can come together.
11It comes with a laundry facility as well.
12This is a storage room filled with donations made through Amazon's Wish List site. Anyone can make donations through the site.
13Mary's Place says it hopes the families will have moved on to stable housing before the building goes under construction. Or it plans to offer another place at one of its six shelters in Seattle.
14"We provide a place where these families can stabilize and find the resources they need to move successfully into permanent housing. 97% of families are only homeless once — they’ve hit a bump in the road and just need a little time, a little assistance, to get back on their feet," a person from Mary's Place told us.