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The Moving Support Project

Securing and moving free furniture for formerly unhoused people: an initiative of Mutual Aid Housing Strategies (affiliate of Mutual Aid NYC).

About


The Moving Support Project helps formerly unhoused people secure furniture to make their space into a real home. The Project started as a response to a request from New Alternatives for LGBTQ+ Homeless Youth, and we have been expanding to provide moving support to other individuals as well. The furniture we secure can be anything from couches and beds to wall art. We search for free or cheap furniture online and coordinate with people who are willing to donate their items. Then, on move days, a group of volunteers mobilizes to drive a 14-ft truck around the city, pick up furniture, bring it to the new home and help organize the space. We have a small inventory of furniture in a storage unit in South Williamsburg, which was generously donated to us by StorageMart.

All donations to the Project go to move-day expenses (e.g. truck rentals, hardware, PPE, etc). We accept furniture donations (we can provide in-kind donation receipts for taxes) and are actively recruiting volunteers to join our team. For more information on how to donate furniture, time, space, or otherwise assist the project, email the Moving Support Team at movingsupport@homeisahumanright.com.

The Moving Support Project is run by a collective of volunteers working within Mutual Aid Housing Strategies, an affiliate of Mutual Aid NYC, with the support of New Alternatives, the Open Collective Foundation, and StorageMart. Mutual Aid Housing Strategies is an interdependent collective of volunteers developing sustainable mutual aid models that address the crisis of unequal access to housing in New York City. We work in partnership with, and follow the leadership of community-led organizations that are spearheading the movement for equitable housing in NYC. We envision practices, models, and plans that enable us to collaborate as neighbors and community members to redistribute resources and help individuals and families secure housing. Our current projects include: partnering with apartment seekers to confront racial and income discrimination in housing searches; sourcing and moving furniture to support people who finally do get housing; and using media to amplify the wisdom and vision of those who have first-hand experience with housing instability, as well as insights about how to end this crisis. As our community expands, so does our potential to build a bigger and more impactful network of support. If you would like to get involved, please contact housing@mutualaid.nyc. To find out more about Mutual Aid NYC and give or receive help, visit mutualaid.nyc.

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Updates on our activities and progress.

The Moving Support Project now has a storage space!

Thanks to an incredibly generous donation by StorageMart, the Moving Support Project now has a storage space in Brooklyn, New York. This fre...
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Published on March 25, 2021 by Vanessa Kuria

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Financial Contributions

One-time contribution
Rental Truck Costs

Support the cost of renting a moving truck for one of our bi-monthly moves. The largest cost for accomplishing a move.

Starts at$175 USD

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One-time contribution
Gas Costs

Support the cost of a tank of gas for a moving truck.

Starts at$20 USD

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One-time contribution
Lunch for Volunteers

Support lunch for 5-10 movers who volunteer on move day.

Starts at$50 USD

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Top financial contributors

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Polina and Pomp Foundation

$1,000 USD since Feb 2021

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$605 USD since Jul 2021

3
Ashley Eberhart

$600 USD since Jul 2022

4
Laura Entis

$535 USD since Mar 2021

5
Mihir Annaldasula

$500 USD since Jun 2021

6
Abby Kovacs

$500 USD since Oct 2021

7
Blake Brunson

$380 USD since Feb 2021

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Guest

$300 USD since May 2021

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Quinn Dong-Kilkenny

$300 USD since May 2021

10
Ally Vaughn

$300 USD since Oct 2021

11
Jeewan

$280 USD since Jun 2021

12
Sue Denim

$275 USD since Aug 2021

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Incognito

$220 USD since Oct 2021

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Maxwell Austensen

$200 USD since Jul 2021

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Guest

$160 USD since Dec 2021

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Cindy Gross

$100 USD since Feb 2021

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Peter Ryan

$100 USD since Feb 2021

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Michele Debczak

$100 USD since Apr 2021

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Minute Media

$100 USD since May 2021

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Kate

$85 USD since Feb 2021

The Moving Support Project is all of us

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Thank you for supporting The Moving Support Project.

Vanessa Kuria

Admin

$20 USD

Polina and Po...

$1,000 USD

$605 USD

Ashley Eberhart

Monthly Supporter

$600 USD

Laura Entis

Rental Truck Costs

$535 USD

Mihir Annalda...

Gas Costs

$500 USD

Abby Kovacs

$500 USD

Blake Brunson

Gas Costs

$380 USD

Guest

Gas Costs

$300 USD

Quinn Dong-Ki...

Gas Costs

$300 USD

Budget


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Monthly financial contribution to The Moving Support Project

Credit from Deshana Barua to The Moving Support Project

+$5.00USD
Completed
Contribution #474794
Monthly financial contribution to The Moving Support Proj...

Credit from Incognito to The Moving Support Project

+$20.00USD
Completed
Contribution #482985
Monthly financial contribution to The Moving Support Proj...

Credit from Ashley Eberhart to The Moving Support Project

+$300.00USD
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Contribution #553698
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Today’s balance

$1,514.70 USD

Total raised

$7,161.77 USD

Total disbursed

$5,647.07 USD

Estimated annual budget

$7,612.05 USD