Jeff Bezos responds to Elon Musk’s poll asking if Twitter headquarters should be converted into a homeless shelter
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos responded to Elon Musk’s Twitter poll asking if the social media giant’s headquarters should be converted into a homeless shelter.
“Convert Twitter SF HQ into a homeless shelter since no one is showing up anyway,” Musk asked Twitter users on Saturday.
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Musk recently became Twitter’s largest shareholder, revealing a 9.2% stake in the company on April 4.
91.5% of people who responded to Musk’s poll voted yes.
“Or do portions. It’s worked really well and it’s easy for employees who want to volunteer,” Bezos replied.
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Amazon houses a homeless shelter at its headquarters in Seattle, Washington, which occupies part of the building.
Mary’s Place Family Center at The Regrade opened in early March 2020 and provides “shelter and support” for homeless families.
The shelter has space for up to 200 people each night and serves food to people who are temporarily living in the shelter.
The space also has a health clinic, offices, computer labs and offers pro bono legal clinics.
Marty Hartman, executive director of Mary’s Place, said the space was a “saving grace” as it opened in the heat of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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“This new refuge, which opened up when he did, was our saving grace. It was our Amazon family, who recognized what we needed before we even knew it, and that space ensures we don’t have to send homeless families back during this unprecedented and trying time,” Hartman wrote.
Bezos said in an Instagram post when the shelter opened that it would help families get back on their feet.
“This shelter spans eight floors – including a health clinic and essential tools to help families in need get back on their feet. Thanks to Mary’s Place for partnering in bringing this creative solution to life,” said wrote Bezos in an Instagram post when the shelter opened.