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Amazon to share new office space with Seattle homeless shelter

After letting a shelter temporarily settle in an abandoned motel on the site of its campus expansion, the company is now giving it a permanent home.

A look inside one of the rooms at the otherwise abandoned motel currently housing Mary's Place, a Seattle homeless shelter.

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A little over a year after letting one of the city's homeless shelters move into an abandoned motel on the site of its Seattle campus expansion, Amazon is now offering the shelter a permanent home in the new building, the New York Times reports.

The homeless shelter, Mary's Place, spent the past year using the abandoned motel on Amazon's property to house up to 60 families and their pets. Under the new arrangement, which affords it roughly half of the six-story building Amazon is building, the shelter will be able to accommodate up to 65 families in emergency housing.

"To have a permanent downtown Seattle location within Amazon is a game-changer for Mary's Place and the families we serve," said Marty Hartman, executive director of the shelter in a statement Wednesday.

"We've loved being Amazon's neighbor, and now the opportunity to move into their headquarters permanently is truly a dream come true. This unique, first-of-its-kind shelter will remind families that they matter and that their community wants to help them succeed."

The new shelter is expected to open in 2020, with rent and utilities covered by the retailer. Amazon didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.