What Furniture Banks Do
Furniture banks collect donations of gently used furniture and household furnishings and provide them at little or no cost to families struggling financially to furnish their own homes.
The families served by furniture banks include the previously homeless, unemployed and working poor, battered women and children in retreat, immigrants, individuals with mental or physical disabilities, victims of a fire, robbery, and natural disasters, etc. They have housing, but are faced with the harsh reality that their “home” is empty or severely under-furnished – without beds for the children, a table, chairs, and dishes to share meals, or even a sofa to sit on and relax. After basic expenses such as rent, utilities, food, and clothing are paid, there’s little if anything left for the common household furnishings we all take for granted.
Collectively, furniture banks across the United States and Canada provide beds, tables, chairs and other crucial home furnishings to over 100,000 people each year. This site exists to assist furniture banks in their missions. It provides a forum for existing furniture banks to share ideas and best practices, and the Association acts as a clearinghouse to facilitate major furniture donations from hotels/motels, colleges/universities, furniture retailers, manufacturers, etc.