People moving into a new housing sometimes need resources to help furnish those new homes. Below are some resources to help people get furniture and household goods.
Furniture and Household Goods Resources
These groups accept donations and give furniture and household items to people in need. Please check because some places need a referral for people to get items.
Amherst Survival Center – Regional resource providing food, clothing and help with basic needs through volunteer efforts in Hampshire and Franklin counties. They have small household goods, but no longer take furniture.
138 Sunderland Road
North Amherst, MA 01059
Donation Clearinghouse of Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance (CMHA) – Offers free pick-up and delivery of furniture for the homeless through their Donations Clearinghouse. DCH provides donated items of furniture and household goods to families and individuals moving out of shelter to permanent housing, victims of fire, or those fleeing domestic violence, DFC reunification and elders at risk. If you are in need of household items we would like you to be referred by a social service agency, either state or local. Please call 508-752-5519 ext 105 for more information. You will need a referral filled out by your caseworker with the appropriate documentation.
6 Institute Road
Worcester, Massachusetts 01609
Fresh Start Furniture Bank – Fresh Start Furniture Bank is based in Hudson, MA and helps restore hope, dignity, and stability in our community by recycling donated furniture and housewares to people in need. We accept donations of gently used household items and distribute them free of charge. If you need furniture, you must go to a referring agency and have them submit an on-line referral.
34 Tower St Unit E
Hudson, MA 01749
HAP Housing Household Essentials Program – Provides household goods to families in need in the Western Massachusetts area. Call for more information.
322 Main Street
Springfield MA 01105
Please call Marian Kent at 413-233-1732
If you need furniture and household goods, you must have a referral emailed to Household Goods from a social service agency, government agency or clergy. The appointment will then be set up through the agency who will communicate with you. Some agencies that refer to Household Goods include housing authorities, places of worship, DTA and DCF offices to name a few. They do have mattresses and box springs.
530 Main Street Acton, MA 01720 978-635-1710
Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless Furniture Bank – For individuals who are struggling with poverty or who were recently homeless. Referral from a Mass Coalition member agency is required.
15 Bubier Street
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Mission of Deeds – Gives donated furniture to families in need throughout Middlesex and Essex counties. Social service agencies refer clients to Mission of Deeds for assistance. Many of the 650 plus clients helped each year have been referred by the staff at shelters for homeless or battered women and their children. Other referring agencies include those that specialize in helping the elderly who have no family support or those that assist parents who are not financially able to provide beds and other necessities for their children. If you need help, or if you know someone who does, please call us at 781-944-9797 so we can explain our simple application process.
6 Chapin Ave
Reading, MA 01867
My Brother’s Keeper – Help with all the basics needed to furnish a bare apartment: beds, mattresses and box springs, dressers, refrigerators, kitchen sets, and living room sets as well as important household items like dishes, pots, pans, sheets, and towels. All services are free. Service area: is Southeastern MA. See website for specific towns.
Dartmouth facility: 774-305-4590 Call only on Tuesday and Thursday from 11:00am – 1:00pm.
Easton facility: 508-238-4416 Call only on Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00 – 3:00 PM.
It is a busy line, keep trying to get through.
Plymouth Area Coalition for the Homeless F.A.I.R. Program – Our Family And Individual Resource program provides clothing, household goods, and furniture at a minimal cost. The program is open to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Fridays. Most items are $1. Every Friday we hold our Bag Sale. Clothing and shoes are $5.00/13 gallon bag.
149 Bishop’s Highway
Kingston, Massachusetts 02364
Project Home Again – Provides people in need with donated household goods free of charge. Works with social workers and other referring agencies in the Merrimack Valley in Massachusetts to ensure that donated household goods are given to those who need them the most.
439 South Union Street
Project Just Because – PJB supplies adults and children in need with a variety of support. We provide clothing, toiletries, gift baskets (Such as Cancer Care, Baskets of Love, New baby, etc ), career items, school supplies, blankets, toys, baby items, housewares, etc. If you are a Hopkinton Resident you can use the PJB Hopkinton Food Pantry. If you are not a Hopkinton Resident then there is a food pantry assigned to your town that you need to contact them. If you’ve fallen on hard times and need a helping hand, Project Just Because is here to help.
86 South Street
Hopkinton MA 01748
The Wish Project Lowell – Supplies goods to more than 120 homeless shelters, elder services, early intervention and other social services agencies in the Merrimack Valley region. The Wish Project now helps agencies all over the Merrimack Valley up to Southern NH and out to Newburyport. Located centrally located right off 495 in Lowell but serve agencies and have donors from As far west as Shirley, MA, North to Merrimack, NH, South to Burlington, MA, East to Lynn, MA. The 13,000 sq ft warehouse in Lowell provides a safe place for people to donate and volunteer. It is also a convenient spot for caseworkers to find the basic goods their clients need to succeed in improving their lives. Recycling home and baby goods helps the needy to thrive in this failing economy while saving space in our local landfills. Free furniture means a family can succeed in escaping a shelter the first time. Has a “Beds 4 Kids” program for needy families.
1 A Foundry Street
Weymouth Furniture Bank Friends of the Homeless of the South Shore – Volunteer led organization that provides furniture, house-wares, linens, blankets, kitchen-ware, and almost anything else needed to start a new household for our guests when they leave shelter for permanent housing. The Furniture Bank also provides furniture to families from other local shelters, furniture for our shelters and others and help for many other needy family families across the South Shore. Open by appointment only.
North Weymouth, MA, 02191
Check in your local area for church and non-profit organization thrift stores. They often offer free items to people in need.
Saint Vincent De Paul – Receiving and distributing millions of pounds of clothing, thousands of pieces of furniture, and tons of household goods, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a major U. S. recycler. The lightly used items we provide to the poor at no cost can dramatically improve the quality of their lives. Revenues produced by store operations help subsidize our local outreach efforts. Due to the Massachusetts Board of Health laws Saint Vincent DePaul is unable to accept mattresses and/or boxsprings. Locations in Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Plainville, and Stoughton. Store locator
Salvation Army Thrift Stores – Provide low cost or no cost items to those in need. Locations in Northbridge, Wareham, Haverhill, Spencer, Fitchburg, Wilmington, Agawam, Gardiner, Medford, Springfield, Hadley, Swansea, Hyannis, Bridgewater, Brockton, Holyoke, Westfield, Turners Falls, Hanover.
Finding Free Stuff on the Internet
Freecyle.org – Freecycle isn’t really a charity, but it is a way to find items or give your old furniture to those in need. If you’re familiar with Craigslist, Freecycle works in a similar way. You search based on location and then work out the pick-up or delivery details with the interested party. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer. Everything listed on Freecycle is free.
Craigslist – Search by region (Boston, Cape Cod, South Coast, Western or Worcester/Central) and look for “For Sale” then “furniture” or “free” sections.
Fact Sheet last updated on: 1/26/2017