Homeless and Travelers Aid Society

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The Capital Region Furniture Bank aims for all individuals and families to have the furniture necessary to create a safe and secure environment that contributes to their health and well being. Their mission is to recycle gently-used furniture by collecting it from the community and giving it to individuals and families moving out of homelessness and fleeing domestic violence, as well as countless others struggling to make ends meet. 

We are joined by Liz Hitt, Executive Director of the Homeless and Travelers Aid Society (HATAS), the sponsoring organization of the Capital Region Furniture Bank and by Pete Newkirk is a long-time HATAS board member and volunteer working to develop the “warehouse” which houses the Furniture Bank and the Albany Backpack Food Program.

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At the turn of the year, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order mandating cities statewide to give homeless people shelter when temperatures hit 32 degrees.

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Cuomo says the homeless must be taken to shelter in freezing weather.