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Jeff Bezos Responds To Elon Musk's Idea To Turn Twitter HQ Into Homeless Shelter

Jeff Bezos Responds To Elon Musk's Idea To Turn Twitter HQ Into Homeless Shelter

The Amazon founder opened a homeless centre at his Seattle site in 2020

Jeff Bezos has offered a bit of advice to fellow billionaire Elon Musk about a potential plan to help house the homeless. 

In case you missed it, Musk acquired a 9.2 percent stake in Twitter earlier this month and has since posed numerous questions about the social media platform to his 81.3 million followers. 

Musk previously asked if users would like an edit button – an overwhelming ‘yes’ – and asked if the company should remove the ‘w’ from its name. 

In another, now-deleted tweet, Musk asked: "Convert Twitter SF HQ to homeless shelter since no one shows up anyway.” alongside a poll with either ‘y’ or ‘n’. 

Twitter's headquarters in San Francisco.

Before it was deleted, Musk’s followers appeared to be in overwhelming agreement with the plan, with more than 1.7 million choosing ‘y’. 

And it seems as though Amazon founder Bezos is also a fan of the idea, as he responded: "Or do portion. Worked out great and makes it easy for employees who want to volunteer."

Musk replied to say it was a ‘great idea’, but whether he’ll actually go ahead and carry out the plan is another matter.

Bezos, on the other hand, has already implemented a similar idea at his Seattle offices.  

The Mary’s Place Family Centre in The Regrade, can house up to 200 people a night.

The centre opened in March 2020 and provides a place for families experiencing homelessness, with private rooms, a large-scale kitchen, recreational spaces and laptops and computers. 

Speaking ahead of its opening, Mary’s Place Executive Director Marty Hartman said: “Every inch of this space was intentionally designed with thoughtful collaboration between our partners at Amazon, GLY, Seneca, and Graphite, to best support the mission of Mary’s Place, and to get us closer to our goal of no child sleeping outside.

“This building is equal parts durable, flexible, warm, and welcoming, to ensure that families know that here, they will be respected, they are safe, and they are loved.”

Amazon Corporate Offices, Seattle (Alamy)
Amazon Corporate Offices, Seattle (Alamy)

He added: “This shelter will keep people safe, provide them with nutritious meals, easy access to transit, and allow them to really rest – many of the most important factors to helping families in their transformation. It also helps to have the overwhelming support of the community and feeling of hope. We’re so excited to see the construction come to life and we can’t wait to move in!”

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Topics: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Twitter