Last month, Amazon announced that it’s turning an old hotel it bought in downtown Seattle into a temporary shelter for homeless people.
It’s only going to be open through 2017. Amazon bought the land to turn it into part of its ever-expanding campus.
But for now, Amazon has partnered with the nonprofit organisation Mary’s Place and the Seattle Mayor’s office to run the shelter.
Here’s what it’s like inside:
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Disclosure: Jeff Bezos is an investor in Business Insider through hispersonal investment company Bezos Expeditions.
The building is a former Travelodge hotel in the South Lake Union neighbourhood of Seattle, near Amazon's headquarters.
Amazon 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 in Mary's Place as part of the project.
Currently, 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.
Families can stay until construction starts in the spring of 2017 -- as long as they're working on their housing goals.
Housing goals include filling out housing and employment applications, scheduling interviews, enrolling in school or job training programs, and making payment plans.
They also need to establish weekly goals to ensure they're working towards financial stability. 'Families are held accountable to being fully involved in the process,' a representative from Mary's Place told us.
Each 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.
This is a storage room filled with donations made through Amazon's Wish List site. Anyone can make donations through the site.
Mary'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.
'We provide a place where these families can stabilise 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.
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