Amazon has opened a homeless shelter in a high-rise on its Seattle campus a?? here's what it looks like

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Amazon opened Washington state's largest family shelter in March.

The shelter occupies eight floors at the company's Seattle headquarters. It's large enough to allow social distancing among homeless guests.

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The timing couldn't have been better: Just as Seattle was grappling with a severe coronavirus outbreak that posed a particular threat to its homeless population, Amazon opened the largest family shelter in Washington state. "This new shelter, opening when it did, has been our saving grace," Marty Hartman, executive director of the local nonprofit Mary's Place, which operates the shelter, said in a statement. "This space ensures we don't have to return families to homelessness during this unprecedented and trying time." The plan was three years in the making. In May 2017, Amazon set aside eight floors in its Seattle headquarters for a shelter operated by Mary's Place. The shelter opened in March, around the time that a nursing-home outbreak turned Seattle into a coronavirus hotspot. Seattle has since contained its outbreak and loosened lockdown measures, but Gov. Jay Inslee has said that social distancing must continue. The new shelter enables homeless residents abide by these rules. Here's what it looks like.
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