Our Story

Our Mission

To provide immediate relief and long term solutions for the most vulnerable members of our community by preventing, combating, and reducing homelessness within the Capital Region.

Our History

HATAS was formed in 1927 with the mission to end homelessness within Albany County and the Capital Region.

We provide relief by meeting the immediate need for shelter, food and clothing in addition to addressing the long-term need for affordable housing and sustainable employment. Over the course of 2015, HATAS assisted over 12,500 persons seeking assistance within the Capital Region.

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 redundancies and to increase the quality and variety of services available within the Capital Region.

HATAS 990 & Disclosures

Our office is located at:
138 Central Avenue Albany, New York 12206.

Get Directions

Visit us between 8:30am and 6pm business days.

Call Us: (518) 463-2124
Email Us: info@hatas.org

Contact Us

The place it all happens - 138 Central Ave, the HATAS headquarters.
HATAS is here for our neighbors – rain, shine, or snow.

Meet Our Team

Executive Team

Liz Hitt, Executive Director  Contact: lhitt@hatas.org (518) 463-2124 x 229

Maria Grillo, Deputy Director  Contact: mgrillo@hatas.org (518) 463-2124 x 230

Brian Shea, Director of Finance  Contact: bshea@hatas.org (518) 463-2124 x 227

Rachel Alexander, Housing Team Leader  Contact: ralexander@hatas.org (518) 463-2124 x 209

Doug Vine, Mental Health Team Leader  Contact: Douglas.Vine@omh.ny.gov (518) 549-644

Nancy Kelly, Development Coordinator Contact: nkelly@hatas.org (518) 463-2124 x 243

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Catherine Sliwinski, Esq.
Principal Court Attorney, Albany County Family Court

Vice President
Jaye Kremer

Mark Aronowitz
V.P., Real Estate Services Omni Development

Tawana Davis
Director of Student Wellness, The Sage Colleges

Member at Large
Geoff Cannon, Esq.
Partner Cannon Heyman & Weiss, LLP


Chris Betts
President, Chris Betts Housing

Courtney Buckley
Director of Marketing and Business Operations, Northwestern Mutual

Adam Cooper, Esq.
Attorney, Carter Conboy

Maryse Folmsbee
Commercial Credit Officer, Pioneer Bank

Rebecca Franklin
C.P.A., The Bonadio Group

Peter Newkirk
C.E.O., FPY Industries

Klarisse Torriente
Prison Education Coordinator, Research Foundation SUNY

Joe Volpe
Project Director, The Pike Company

Elizabeth Vanasdale
Director of Operations, NYS Dispute Resolution Association

Liz Hitt (non-voting member)
Executive Director, HATAS
518.463.2124 x 229 (Office)

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. We couldn’t do what we do without this support, and for that, we thank you.

If you are not yet a HATAS supporter, there has never been a better time to get involved. We have made so much progress so far, but there is still a long road ahead. Be part of something bigger than yourself and experience the rewards of helping your neighbors and your community.


We thank you for your contribution and your hard work!

Together we have built something amazing and it has been truly wonderful to share our success that has only been made possible by your contributions of time and talent.