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.

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

Giovana Parente, Mental Health Team Leader
Contact: gparente@hatas.org (518) 209-6497

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

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Adam Cooper, Esq.
Attorney, Monaco Cooper Lamme & Carr, PLLC

Vice President
Tawana Davis
Director of Student Wellness, The Sage Colleges

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

Joe Volpe
Director of Project Development, Consigli Construction

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


Tyler Bellick
Research Scientist, UAlbany Center for HS Research

Chris Betts
President, Betts Housing Partners LLC

Jake Cooper
Senior Financial Advisor and VP, High Probability Advisors, LLC

Mike Durand
Lead Advisor, Strategic Financial Services, Inc.

Dina Maloney DeCarlo
Research Scientist IV, NYS OMH

Nichole Eisenzopf
Director of Search Services, Fire Engine Red

Emily Light
Practice Leader, NYSTEC

Non-Voting Member
Liz Hitt
Executive Director, HATAS
(o) 518.463.2124 x229
(m) 518.915.8243

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.

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