The DeNooyer Grassroots Giveaway – Proud April Recipients

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The DeNooyer Grassroots Giveaway – Proud April Recipients

HATAS is proud and grateful to be named the April 2018 recipient of the DeNooyer Grassroots Giveaway.

Each month through August of this year, DeNooyer Chevrolet is giving away $4,500 to a different Capital Region nonprofit, and this month HATAS is being recognized for our 90+ years of service within the community.

This generous contribution helps us continue our mission to preventing, reducing, and combating homelessness within the Capital Region and beyond.

Join us in thanking DeNooyer Chevrolet for their commitment, and check out the radio spot below.


You can read more about the DeNooyer Chevrolet commitment to making a difference within our community and the Grassroots Giveaway program at their blog here.

The DeNooyer Chevrolet commitment is a generous one, but we still have a long way to go and every bit helps.

Join DeNooyer Chevrolet and the HATAS team in our mission to prevent, reduce, and combat homelessness within the Capital Region and beyond. Making a lasting impact for the future of our community has never been more important.

Get Involved Today >>


Albany’s Best Kept Secret

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Albany’s Best Kept Secret

From the Times Union, Nov. 14

We’re getting the word out!

HATAS, Albany’s best kept secret with 90 years of service within the community, talks past, present, and future with the Times Union’s Gary Hahn. The Homeless and Traveller’s Aid Society has gone from a kiosk in the train station (decades ago) to a community leader and that’s not all.

With successful flagship programs that fill gaps in service HATAS director Liz Hitt (pictured above) is optimistic about the continued aid that the Feed and Read (FAR) weekend backpack program and Capital Region Furniture Bank offer to our thriving community.

Liz Hitt on the FAR program: “We want to make sure that today’s third-graders don’t come to visit us in 20 years…[we] want to see that they have what they need to be engaged and successful.”

And on the Capital Region Furniture Bank:  “We saw that people would leave a shelter and go to an apartment with nothing. That’s a systematic problem.” She doesn’t leave it at that.

“We put a lot a pressure on homeless people to get a job. What employer will hire someone who looks like you slept on the floor?”

A Community Effort

Both named programs, the Feed and Read program as well as the Capital Region Furniture Bank are funded entirely through the support of the community. That means we need each and every one of our neighbors to join us in taking a stand for our critical mission to combat, reduce, and prevent homelessness within the Capital Region and beyond.

There are so many ways to get involved, and every act of compassion makes a difference in the lives of those within our community.

HATAS is Albany’s best kept secret: despite being a member of the Capital Region community for over 90 years we have kept our heads down and done the work that we do best.

Now that you know what we’re all about, get involved.

Read the full Times Union story here.
Photo Credit: TU & John Carl D’Annibale


Judge goes to bat for homeless in City Court

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Judge goes to bat for homeless in City Court

From the Times Union, Aug. 22 2017 by Robert Gavin

“City Court Judge Holly Trexler, left, who launched a program for a homeless advocate in City Court, stands outside courthouse at 1 Morton Ave. on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, besides Liz Hitt, executive director of the Homeless and Travelers Aid Society and Tyrone Coleman, a navigator for HATAS who will serve as the homeless advocate in the courthouse on Mondays and Thursdays. The judge and HATAS collaborated to bring about the new program, which will work to find homeless defendants a place to live, assess their situation and work with county public defenders and prosecutors to prevent a revolving of homeless defendants repeatedly returning to court for low-level offenses.”

Read the full article from the Times Union

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