HATAS Mission and History

HATAS's mission is to end homelessness within the New York State Capital Region.  HATAS Programs include 87 units of permanent housing for mentally ill households, 24/7 emergency homeless housing services, mental health, homelessness prevention and employment training.  Formed in 1924, HATAS is located in Albany, New York at 138 Central Avenue Albany, New York 12206.  You can reach HATAS by calling (518) 463-2124 or by e-mailing us at info@hatas.org.  Last year HATAS assisted over 11,000 homeless, at-risk and low-income households with housing, employment and mental health services and since 1983 HATAS has assisted over 155,000 Capital Region Households. 

HATAS employs a holistic wrap-around approach in caring for our neighbors in need and we serve all persons with the dignity and respect that they deserve. HATAS works in concert with our partners in service to eliminate duplication and to increase the quality of services available within the Capital Region.


Who we are

Executive Team

Liz Hitt, Executive Director,
Contact: lhitt@hatas.org 518.463.2124 x229

Darlene Farron, Chief Financial Officer,
Contact: darlene@farron.com 518.463-2124 x227

Tomas Gottehrer, Assistant Director,
Contact: tgottehrer@hatas.org 518.463-2124 x233

Holly Ferrara, Housing Team Leader,
Contact: hterrara@hatas.org 518.463-2124 x221

Maria Grillo, Emergency Services Team Leader and Development Coordinator,
Contact: mgrillo@hatas.org 518.463-2124 x230

The Board of Directors

Thomas McGuire, President
Mark Aronowitz, Vice President
Geoffrey Cannon, Treasurer
Donna Chardeen, Secretary
Peter Newkirk, Immediate Past President

Victoria Balkoski, M.D.
Lorraine Childs
Thomas Dingley
Courtney Haydock
David Homer, Esq.
J. Michael Malec
Clare Monteau, Ph.D.
Gordon Reid
Donna Price-Shoss, LCSW
Joseph Volpe


HATAS Fact Sheet and Program Guide

About Homeless and Travelers Aid Society

Click for the printable fact sheet and program guide

Wish List

arrowClean winter coats

arrowHats and Socks

arrowDiapers (all sizes), Diaper Wipes, and Diaper Cream

arrowClean unused pajamas for children aged birth to ten 

arrowWooden Toys

Why do we ask for toys made of wood? Our children have very little and toys made of wood are miniature works of arts that are beautiful to look at and easy to clean. 

HATAS collects toys and pajamas all year long and especially at the holidays. 

Last year HATAS distributed over 300 sets of pajamas, 175 wood toys and 6,050 diapers to homeless and hungry families. 


Our Supporters

As a 501c3 not-for-profit, we rely on the generous support of our community to fulfill our mission. Many people provide support through contributions of time, money, and items from our wish list.

Donate through the secure online site of Network for Good.

Change for Change — donate to support our neighbors in Need


We thank you for your contribution of your time and talent!