Rendering of National Landing, the planned site of Amazon's new Arlington headquarters.

Amazon on Tuesday announced a $3 million donation to the Arlington Community Foundation to help support programs for affordable housing.

The company said it will also match employee donations through Sept. 30 to select charities that address housing and homelessness in both Seattle and the Arlington region.

“Since 2000, Arlington County has lost nearly 90 percent of its market affordable housing stock. Amazon’s donation is a significant investment in our community and will support critical issues like housing affordability that are important to Northern Virginians,” said Jennifer Owens, president and CEO of the Arlington Community Foundation.

“Our veterans and working families deserve an appropriate standard of living that is healthy, safe, and makes for a vibrant community. This gift is a great contribution toward that cause.”

Beginning today, Amazon also launched an employee match campaign to encourage employees to donate to 20 select nonprofits addressing housing and homelessness in the company’s two headquarter regions. Amazon will match the donation one-for-one, up to $5 million, through September 30. The select nonprofits include:

  • Accelerator YMCA
  • El Centro de la Raza
  • AHC Inc.
  • Facets
  • Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing
  • FareStart
  • A-SPAN
  • Friendship Place
  • Bellwether Housing
  • Hopelink
  • Carpenter’s Shelter
  • Mary’s Place
  • Community Lodgings
  • Plymouth Housing
  • Compass Housing Alliance
  • Wellspring Family Services
  • Cornerstones
  • Wesley Housing Development Corporation
  • Doorways
  • YouthCare

The Arlington Community Foundation was established in 1991 to serve as a permanent community endowment built by the gifts and charitable legacies of individuals, families, and businesses for the betterment of Arlington County.

As a grant maker, convener, and sponsor of special initiatives, the Community Foundation strives to strengthen local nonprofits, encourage better understanding of the needs of Arlingtonians, address the most critical issues of our time, and to ensure that our community provides opportunity for everyone. Its focus areas include homelessness prevention, education, arts, youth, and families in need.

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[angry]What a charade. Homelessness and opioid addiction are at crisis levels in Seattle. "Affordable Housing" in Arlington already means mega-million deals with non-profit for-profits for taxpayer-subsidized entry level luxury housing at $450,000 / unit for new construction one-bedroom luxury apartments and $300,000 / unit for renovated one-bedroom apartments.


Agree. Amazon will do to Arlington's housing market what Amazon did to Seattle's housing market. Get ready for many more homeless who will be living in tents in Northern Virginia.

Allen Muchnick

@ "CJE" and "Charles", It's a "charade" when the SAME PERSON posts comments here under multiple aliases. When will you have the maturity and integrity to cease such infantile behavior?

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