Furniture Poverty

A house without furniture isn’t a home. It’s empty and cold and a miserable place to be.

At Furniture Bank, we are working to create communities where we all belong – and create a world where everyone has the dignity of a furnished home.

What is furniture poverty?

When someone doesn’t have the means to procure a bed, or a table, or a couch, or other home essentials, they are living in furniture poverty.

Without a bed, children sleep on piles of clothes on the floor.

Without a table, families eat their meals on milk crates. 

Empty housing is not a home.

Furniture poverty has devastating effects on mental and physical health, and often results in people returning to crisis.

There are harmful physical, emotional, and financial consequences of furniture poverty.

Furniture poverty is a continuum:
  • Furniture Insecurity: A household has the items they need for now. If something essential breaks or needs replacing, they do not have the means to do so. These households are often moving from one crisis to another.
  • Furniture Destitution: Where a household has none or very few of the basic items needed. In a long-term, chronic situation.

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