Statement on Amazon’s announcement of a $2 billion housing fund

January 6, 2021 -- Partnership for Working Families

Thanks to more than two years of organizing by regular people in Nashville, Arlington, Seattle, and beyond, Amazon is finally compelled to address the gaping inequality that they have contributed to in our cities. This fund can make an important contribution towards stabilizing our communities, if residents are given power to guide how these resources are spent. The fact that we have to fight so hard to get a trillion-dollar company to give something back to the communities which have grown its coffers shows how broken our economic system is. Corporations like Amazon should be taxed, and people should decide democratically how to meet our collective needs. We deserve better than waiting on the whims of Jeff Bezos.

- Lauren Jacobs, Partnership for Working Families Executive Director