Amazon pledges to battle homelessness in its headquarter cities

Amazon says its $eight million donation will “help offer additional housing and support services for our neighbors in need.”

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Amazon stated Tuesday that it will donate $eight million to battle homelessness. Plymouth Housing in Washington will obtain $5 million, and the Arlington Community Foundation will get $three million. Both nonprofits are positioned in Amazon headquarter cities.

In addition to the donation, Amazon will match worker contributions to the next charities as much as $5 million by Sept. 30:

Accelerator YMCA.AHC Inc.Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing.A-SPAN.Bellwether Housing.Carpenter’s Shelter.Community Lodgings.Compass Housing Alliance.Cornerstones.Doorways.El Centro de la Raza.Facets.FareStart.Friendship Place.Hopelink.Mary’s Place.Plymouth Housing.Wellspring Family Services.Wesley Housing Development Corporation.YouthCare.

The funds will assist enhance entry to inexpensive housing for low-income households and veterans, in keeping with Amazon. The nonprofits can use the cash to create extra housing models and add assist companies for group members in these areas.

In Amazon’s launch, Paul Lambros, CEO of Plymouth Housing, stated Amazon’s initiative would assist the nonprofit meet the fast wants of 1000’s of individuals within the coming years. And Jennifer Owens, president and CEO of the Arlington Community Foundation, stated, “Our veterans and working families deserve an appropriate standard of living that is healthy, safe and makes for a vibrant community. This gift is a great contribution toward that cause.”

Jay Carney, senior vice chairman of Global Corporate Affairs at Amazon, stated homelessness and inexpensive housing are actual issues in headquarter cities.

“We believe this gift can help offer additional housing and support services for our neighbors in need. In addition, together with our employees, we will donate to nonprofits located in Washington state; Washington, DC; Maryland and Virginia, whose missions support affordable housing and people experiencing homelessness,” Carney stated.

Last month, MacKenzie Bezos signed the Giving Pledge, following her divorce from the Amazon CEO. The cut up would make MacKenzie Bezos one of many richest individuals on this planet, value about $37 billion. She plans to provide away not less than half of her fortune. To date, her soon-to-be-ex husband hasn’t signed the pledge. 

Last September, Jeff Bezos introduced the charitable Bezos Day One Fund. The fund will initially concentrate on giving cash to present nonprofits that assist homeless communities. Later, it will be geared towards creating a brand new community of top-tier preschools in low-income communities. 

In January, Microsoft additionally took strides to deal with homelessness. The firm pledged $500 million to construct low-cost properties in Seattle. The identical month, Airbnb gave $2 million to help homeless youth in San Francisco. 

Originally revealed June 11, 9:55 a.m. PT.
Update, 11:21 a.m.: Adds extra particulars. 

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