After Amazon's headquarters were constructed, Seattle saw a considerable rise in rents and home prices. From 2007 to 2017, the median rent in Seattle increased by nearly 42% compared to just 18% nationwide. As properties became more expensive, some of Seattle's low-income residents found they couldn't afford to live there. Homelessness in Seattle has risen by 9% each year since 2014. Some residents and experts attribute this rise to Amazon's presence in the city. Homeless occupants will share the new building with Amazon employees. The company has offered to pay for the space's utilities, maintenance, and security for the next 10 years. It's also covering the rent. Maybe someday, if homelessness in Seattle is resolved, we can turn that back into space for ourselves, John Schoettler, an Amazon real estate executive, told the Seattle Times. As far as I'm concerned, it's theirs as long as they need it.The nonprofit says it will keep room available for 275 additional people during weather emergencies. Every single one of them will feel loved, safe, and invited in, Hartman said in a video about the project. It's a place where their kids will be able to be kids, and their parents can work on the tough stuff.Individual rooms are an incredible gift to families to maintain their individual dignity, Hartman told the Seattle Times. The rooms also allow families to bring their pets. This is the first Mary's Place shelter that comes with bathtubs (the others just have showers).There are 30 rooms in total for these families. The shelter will also have health and legal clinics available during the day. Amazon has offered to provide pro bono legal counseling. After Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos learned about Mary's Place from one his employees who volunteered there, he donated $1 million to the organization in 2016. Last year, Bezos established the Day One Fund, which sets aside $2 billion to support homeless families and develop early education programs in underserved communities. These meals aren't just for occupants of the shelter on Amazon's campus; many will be delivered to 10 additional Mary's Place shelters throughout Seattle. The nonprofit is known for repurposing dilapidated buildings and turning them into temporary homeless housing. It currently operates shelters in a former bank building, a former sheriff's office, and a former restaurant.In addition to Amazon donations, the nonprofit is funded by government grants, which are payed for by taxes. Last year, Amazon was instrumental in repealing Seattle's head tax, which taxed employees of companies earning more than $20 million per year. Money from that tax would have gone directly to housing and homeless services.