Entering its fourth year, the HATAS Capital Region Furniture Bank is a model agency collaboration in the Capital Region. Bringing together HATAS, Catholic Charities, Northern Rivers, Soldier On, St. Catherine’s Center for Children, and Unity House, our mission is to provide free, basic furnishings for households emerging from homeless shelters and domestic violence.
We are a unique local partnership that brings together multiple human service agencies, including HATAS, to work collaboratively on helping our community.
Individuals and families are referred to us by our partners. The referred consumer then shops our warehouse for the basic furnishings needed.
Furniture Donors donate gently used furniture from our list of approved home furnishings. Donors can be anyone from within the community: individuals, private organizations, or public entities.
Our Furniture Bank Volunteers pick up donated home furnishings from around the Capital Region, then transport them to our warehouse. Individuals or families are referred to the furniture bank by one of our partners within the community.
Consumers then shop the warehouse for the furniture they need to turn their new home into a true home.
From a generous donor:
…Thank you for helping me connect to the furniture bank. The whole process was efficient, easy, and your team was outstanding. Arranging the pickup (which was so last minute on my end) was easy and your team kept me in the loop at all the points along the way. The two gentlemen who picked up the mattress were so courteous and kind and professional. Please send my deepest thanks to all these team members.
Absolutely, and our solution is not duplicated within the community.
There are many reasons why individuals become homeless. However, the long-term solution looks the same across the board; it involves stable housing and gainful employment. While a new home that is a stable place to live is a critical key to success, home furnishings are another piece of the puzzle.
Many of us take even simple furnishings such as beds, dressers, and lamps for granted. Without these essentials, however, the journey of turning a new home into a true home is a difficult one—not to mention the impact a lack of basic furniture can have on a person’s job search.
Without a dresser, where does one put their clothes? Without a bed, where does one sleep? Employers notice when job applicants appear to have slept on the floor or are wearing clothes that sat in a pile all night.
In its first year of operation, the HATAS Capital Region Furniture Bank furnished over 300 households.
This program complements our continued success elsewhere in our mission to combat, reduce, and prevent homelessness within the Capital Region and beyond. Your contribution helps neighbors here in the Capital Region put their best foot forward and live their best lives—one home at a time.
Dressers, Beds, Mattresses (Queen and smaller), Lamps, End Tables, Microwave Ovens, and TV sets.
We do NOT accept:
Credenzas, China Hutches, Entertainment Centers, Major Appliances, Bookcases
The HATAS Capital Region Furniture Bank would not be possible without the collaborative support and investment from our partners in the community.
The Furniture Bank is also supported by private donations. We are grateful to KeyBank and MVP for their continued support.
If you are a private business and you are interested in supporting us and making an impact within the community, please call Liz Hitt, HATAS Executive Director, at (518) 463-2124 x 229.
Individuals interested in becoming volunteers can contact our warehouse staff at (518) 612-BANK, or head over to our volunteer page.
The HATAS Capital Region Furniture Bank
5 Anderson Dr
Albany, NY 12205
8:30 – 3:30 Monday through Friday