Amazon donates $8 million to help fight homelessness

Logo from Amazon PressRoom (NASDAQ: AMZN) is donating $8 million to help fight homelessness in Seattle, Washington and Arlington, Virginia—the locations of its two headquarters.

According to the e-commerce giant, Plymouth Housing in Seattle will receive $5 million and $3 million to Arlington Community Foundation.

Amazon’s donations will support both nonprofit organizations’ mission to improve the quality of life of residents at risk of becoming homeless. The nonprofits will use the company’s gifts to increase the number of available housing units for families, veterans and single adults experiencing homelessness or in need of affordable housing.

The e-commerce giant will also announced that it will match employee donations to select charities that address housing and homelessness in Seattle and Arlington until September 30, 2019.

In a statement, Jay Carney, SVP of Global Corporate Affairs at Amazon, said, “Homelessness and affordable housing are real concerns in Seattle and the Washington, DC region – as neighbors in both, we made these donations to Plymouth Housing and the Arlington Community Foundation because of their work and progress on housing stability and helping families improve their quality of life.”