The Coalition's Furniture Bank
A bed, a table, a chair, a sofa – most of us would not think that these material elements could change a family’s life. But all of us would agree that these elements are what make a house a home. Yet, for thousands of extremely low-income households, these elements are completely unaffordable.
It has been the mission of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless’ Furniture Bank for the past twenty years to work to ensure that families and individuals that are extremely low-income and for others making the transition from homeless into permanent housing have a cost free option to furnish their new apartments. It is the belief of the agency that by offering assistance with the most basic of essentials that make up the fabric of a home, we are ensuring that families and individuals will have a solid foundation as they rebuild their homes and their lives.
Since its inception in 1985 as one of the first furniture banks in the nation, the Furniture Bank has assisted in furnishing the future of thousands of households who are transitioning out of homelessness into permanent housing. Its approach is based on a simple premise - take other people’s castaway furniture and household goods and give them new life in the home of someone in need.
The Furniture Bank works very similarly to the food bank concept. It solicits donations of beds, couches, chairs, tables, and other household essentials; picks them up at no charge to the donor; and distributes them free of cost to those in need. The Coalition’s Furniture Bank is one of the largest programs of its kind in the nation and in Massachusetts. The program operates from its 40,000 square foot warehouse 20 minutes outside of metropolitan Boston. During the year, on average over $3.5 million dollars worth of furniture and household goods are collected and distributed to thousands of households making the transition out of homelessness.
Providers: Become a Furniture Bank member today to begin referring families and individuals! To become a new member, click here. To renew your membership, click here.
To Arrange for a Pick-Up:
Click here to view our list of items needed.
Click here to learn more about our baby and toddler item drive (and please share with others!)
* Please help the Greater Boston Association of Realtors support the Coalition by donating furniture during their "Furnish the Future" drive this November! Special thanks to GBAR and Olympia Moving and Storage. Click here for a flyer and more details.
To Access Furniture for You and Your Household:
If you and your household are in need of furniture and household goods, please read these answers to frequently asked questions about the Furniture Bank: Furniture Bank FAQs
How to make an appointment to access furniture from the Furniture Bank
Other Furniture Banks in Massachusetts:
Click here for listings of other furntiture bank programs across the state.