Amazon’s prime motives remain a mystery.
The company announced in a press release Tuesday that it will donate $8 million to combat homelessness in headquarter cities Seattle and Arlington, Va. The move follows last year’s controversial opposition to a tax hike that would have raised $48 million to benefit Seattle’s homeless.
Amazon will give $5 million to Plymouth Housing to help “provide permanent supportive housing” for Seattle’s homeless, particularly those who are physically disabled, have mental illnesses or chemical dependency. The company will also donate $3 million to Arlington Community Foundation “to increase access to affordable housing for low-income families and veterans.” Through Sept. 30, Amazon will immediately match employee donations to certain charities targeting these issues in both cities.
Amazon, according to the press release, has contributed over $130 million to Mary’s Place and FareStart since 2016 to aid Seattle’s homelessness crisis.
Ironically though, this Wednesday marks one year since the local Seattle City Council obliged Amazon and many other businesses’ opposition to a tax hike targeting large employers.
Amazon’s position earned flack from local residents and politicians who felt the company wasn’t paying its “fair share,” NBC News reports.