SEATTLE -- Amazon is trying to address the growing homeless crisis on Seattle streets by offering up a shelter of its own.
Mary's Place, a non-profit dedicated to helping homeless families, says the online retailer is offering up the old Travelodge Hotel adjacent to its new downtown headquarters.
The building is a part of a lot the company acquired in 2014 as part of its new corporate campus, and will temporarily house 200 people with a focus on families.
The 34,500-square-foot building, at 2213 8th Avenue won't have construction happening for another year, so Mary's Place can run the shelter for families to stay from 5 p.m. - 8 a.m. weekdays, and 24 hours a day on weekends.
"We are so excited about our new home in South Lake Union!" read a post on the Mary's Place Facebook page. "Thank you Amazon.com for your amazing generosity! Thanks to you, Mayor Ed Murray, and the City of Seattle, more than 200 moms, dads, and kids (and pets!) will be safe, warm and together at night!"
The Fairmont Olympic Hotel has also donated 47 rooms’ worth of furniture, including bedding and chairs.
Seattle is facing an unprecedented homeless issue right now with more than 4,500 people found living on King County streets during the last formal count. That's a 19% increase over last year. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray declared a homeless state of emergency in November.