HATAS Mission and History

HATAS was formed in 1924 with the mission to end homelessness within Albany County and the Capital Region. We meet the immediate need for shelter, food and clothing in addition to addressing the long-term need for affordable housing and employment. Over the course of 2015, HATAS assisted over 12,500 persons seeking assistance within the Capital Region.

HATAS programs include 104 units of housing, mental health, 24/7 emergency shelter, rapid re-housing, backpacks for hungry students, furniture bank, code blue, veteran housing, and employment assistance. We employ a holistic wrap-around approach in caring for our neighbors in need and we serve all persons with dignity and respect. HATAS works in concert with our partners in service to eliminate duplication and to increase the quality of services available within the Capital Region.

HATAS is located at 138 Central Avenue Albany, New York 12206. You can reach HATAS by calling (518) 463-2124 or by e-mailing us at info@hatas.org. Our main office is open from 8:30 am to 7pm on business days. After hours, please call 518.463.2124 for assistance.

Who we are

Executive Team

Liz Hitt, Executive Director
Contact: lhitt@hatas.org (518) 463-2124 x229

Brian Shea, Controller
Contact: bshea@hatas.org (518) 463-2124 x227

Maria Grillo, Deputy Director
Contact: mgrillo@hatas.org (518) 463-2124 x230

Rachel Alexander, Housing Team Leader
Contact: ralexander@hatas.org (518) 463-2124 x209

Doug Vine, Mental Health Team Leader
Contact: Douglas.Vine@omh.ny.gov (518) 549-6449

The Board of Directors

Mark Aronowitz, President
Thomas McGuire, Vice President
Jaye Kremer, Secretary
Tawana Davis, Treasurer
Catherine Sliwinski, J.D. Member at large
Geoffrey Cannon, J.D.
Donna Chardeen
Adam Cooper, J.D.
J.Michael Malec
Pete Newkirk
Gordon Reid
Joe Volpe
Liz Hitt, Executive Director (Non-voting member)

HATAS Fact Sheet and Program Guide

About Homeless and Travelers Aid Society

Click for the printable fact sheet and program guide

Our Supporters

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, we rely on the generous support of our community to fulfill our mission. Many people provide support through contributions of time, money, and items from our wish list.

Donate through the secure online site of Network for Good.

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We thank you for your contribution of your time and talent!