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New York City free clothing closets, furniture and school supplies.

The greater New York City area has dozens of free clothing closets, furniture banks and thrift stores. They provide everything from free furniture to clothes to low income families, diapers, back to school supply programs for students, appliances and more. Centers are located in all boroughs, including Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, the Bronx, and Manhattan. Some of the locations will provide free “new items” such as clothes or household items, baby supplies, work attire, school supplies, furniture for an apartment and more to low income families. Other centers will sell gently used items.

In addition to providing low cost or free clothes, some of the New York City centers will offer additional aid, such as food, shelter, or referrals to emergency assistance. If a location is not near you, or can’t meet your needs, then they can often provide referrals to other programs or local charities.

Most of the centers rely heavily on donations from the community. Resources are always limited, and unfortunately not everyone will be able to receive free clothing or other support. Some of the items in highest demand tend to be winter coats for children, professional suits or dresses, shoes, beds for kids, and also assistance around the holidays, including school season. So those items will be distributed in short order. Some of the New York City thrift stores may also sell gently used furniture, cribs, or appliances. If your income is low enough, the clothing closet or thrift store may provide a voucher so you can receive the item for free.

Dozens of free furniture banks and clothing centers are listed below. They cover all boroughs. If one is not available, or if additional assistance is needed, dial the regional NYC referral line for clothes, basic needs and more at (718) 492-4015.


St. Ann’s Church of Morrisania
295 St. Ann’s Ave., 140th St.
Telephone - (718) 585-5632
This church will usually have a bin of clothing, and people can help themselves to what they need.




Catholic Charities
Address - 326 E. 150th St.
Call (718) 292-9090
A number of social services, clothing, and other aid is offered to clients who have a referral. Winter coats for children, meals, food boxes, and shoes/boots are just some of the services that are offered. A free back to school supply event is also help each year. The charity will also have limited amounts of financial assistance for rental or utility bill needs. A free furniture bank has tables, beds, kitchen supplies, appliances and other goods.

St. John’s Lutheran Church is located at 1343 Fulton Ave. between 169 and 170 St.
Call (718) 293-0300
This religious center will usually require the client to have a referral letter, which is usually obtained from a social or human service office.

Ephesus 7th Day Adventist
101 West 123rd Street at Lenox Avenue
Phone number - (212) 662-5536
Offers men, women, and casual clothing. There may be shoes, free winter boots, clothes for work or everyday use, slacks and more. Sneakers for kids or students, backpacks, books, and more is available too.

Riverside Church
91 Claremont Avenue
(212) 870-6700
Clients need a referral.

St. John the Divine Crisis, Intervention & Opportunity Center
1047 Amsterdam Avenue
Center is only open Tuesday, Thursday 10am-1pm
Phone - (212) 316-7540
May have uniforms and professional work attire.





Soul Saving Station
302 West 124th Street
Call the center at (212) 663-3532
Will have referrals, guidance, and basic supplies. This can include personal hygiene, clothing for children and adults, and maybe even a meal.


St. John the Baptist Church
Location is 75 Lewis Ave, Bed-Sty
Call (718) 455-6864 for hours, which are usually Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon
Low income Brooklyn families, including immigrants and Spanish speakers, may get assistance. Vouchers may be offered too.

Unique Thrift Store
Location - 408 Fulton St
(718) 643-1825
This location sells items to the general public. Beds, kitchen tables, electronics, TVs, and much more as far as furniture is offered.

Help USA
515 Blake Ave Brooklyn, NY 11207
(718) 922-0783
Offers assistance to low income families and the homeless. Programs include job training and domestic violence shelters, book, backpacks and other free school supplies.

The Salvation Army
Location - 22 Quincy St.
Brooklyn, NYC
(718) 622-5686\
The corps center has a clothing closet and thrift store. Other services include a food pantry, limited financial help for energy bills, holiday meals, and aid for low income families and seniors. Single moms may get free school supplies, they have furniture for the poor or immigrants as well as free medical equipment for senior citizens.


Bowery Mission
227 Bowery
Call (212) 674-3456
In order to receive clothing, school items, or other support a referral is required. This can come from a NYC social worker or another local non-profit organization. Most of the clothes, furniture, and other goods are for the low income, elderly, and families in poverty.





Project Hospitality
Location - 150 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY 10023
Call (212) 721-5879
Case workers and staff provide a comprehensive continuum of care. The center provides food, clothing and shelter. Other self-sufficiency offered is education, vocational training, legal assistance, and transitional and permanent housing.

Inwood House
320 E 82nd St. New York, NY 10028
(212) 861-4325
Helps teens become self reliant, healthy adults, and may also have baby clothing for them.

Cathedral Community Cares, Cathedral of St. John the Divine
Address: 1047 Amsterdam Ave.
(212) 316-7581
Free professional clothes, such as skirts, suits, ties, and dress shirts are available if you have a referral. Other items are also located on site, such as shoes, socks, and standard attire.

East 7th St. Baptist Church
Main address - 205 E. 7th Street
(212) 473-0044
Assistance programs include a free clothing and furniture bank, soup kitchen, and homeless programs.

AIDS Service Center (ASC)
41 E 11th St.  New York, NY 10003
Call (212) 645-0875 for information.
May have personal toiletry items.

Ephesus 7th Day Adventist Church
101 W. 123rd St. at Lenox Ave. (2nd door, ring bell)
Call (212) 662-5536
No referral is needed.

Holy Ghost Pentacostal Faith Church for all Nations
13-15 E. 125th Street
Main phone - (646) 873-0281

East 7th Street Graffiti Church
184 E. 7th street between Avenue B and C
Call (212) 473-0044
Offers casual clothing.

Grace and Hope Mission
114 3rd Avenue (14th)
Dial (212) 982-1230

Joseph House Catholic Worker
36 East 1st Street
Telephone number - (212) 254-1640
The Catholic faith based charity has many basic needs. They range from books and school supplies to kids, blankets for the homeless, food, and more. Other donated items range from clothes (free shoes, belts, pants, etc.) to some basic furniture (free or low cost).

Middle Collegiate Church
50 East 7th Street Avenue
(212) 477-0666. Hours are Wednesday 12pm - 3pm, Thursday

St. John's Lutheran Church
1343 Fulton Avenue
The clothing closet in only open on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Phone - (718) 293-0300







CHIPS Park Slope Christian Help, Inc.
Location is 200 4th Avenue
Main number - 718-237-2962

Open Door Church of God in Christ - Outreach Ministry
Primary address: 999 Green Avenue
Telephone number - 718-455-3545

Salvation Army Bay Ridge Community Center
252 86th Street
May have food, free school supplies, holiday programs such as the Angel Tree, and cash assistance for bills, rent, and medications. Christmas and birthday toys, diapers for new moms, cribs, and other furniture may be offered too.

St. John the Baptist
75 Lewis Avenue, Bed-Sty
Call the center at (718) 455-6864

Angel Street Thrift Shop
118 W 17th St
New York
(212) 229-0546
Sells items to the general public.

Salvation Army Thrift Store
208 E 23rd St.
New York, NYC
(212) 532-8115
Similar to most Salvation Army centers. Has an on site food pantry, thrift store, and may even be able to deliver meals or household supplies to the homebound. Free toys and gifts may be offered to children around Christmas. Or get information on government aid such as HEAP.

New York City Rescue Mission
90 Lafayette St. near Canal
Call the center at (212) 226-6214 for intake.
Meals, clothing, and more is offered for the homeless and very low income. The charity can also arrange shelter and short term transitional housing. The NYC Rescue Mission is the oldest location in the nation. It offers services such as spiritual hope, clothing, bedding, furniture, food and shelter. There are several offices in the various boroughs.

St. John the Divine Crisis Center
1047 Amsterdam Ave.
(212) 316-7591
Has clothing for children, babies, seniors, and women. A written referral is not needed, except if you need professional work clothes or uniforms.

Cancer Care Thrift Shop
1480 3rd Ave
New York
(212) 879-9868
A medical closet, with clothes and health care supplies, may include wheelchairs, lifts, crutches and more. Referrals are given to Medicaid and health care too.

Housing Works Thrift Shops
130 Crosby St.
New York
(646) 786-1200
May sell gently used items such as couches, clothing, or household supplies, such as baby items.

St. Paul the Apostle Church
60th St. and Columbus Ave.
Main phone - (212) 265-3209
Clothing, shirts, shoes, and more is offered for children, women, and children.

St. Paul’s House
Main address is 335 W. 51st St.
Telephone number is (212) 265-5433
Note this charity only offers a  soup kitchen and food pantry. They no longer have clothes, but there may be referrals.





St. Luke's Lutheran
308 West 46th Street
Provides items only on the 1st Monday of each month
Call ahead for an appointment - (212) 246-3540

Metro Baptist Church
410 West 40th Street
Dial (212) 594-4464
May have casual outerwear. Only operates during the winter, so they may have coats, boots, blankets, and more.


Godian Fellowship Church
106-07 Guy R. Brewer Blvd.
Telephone: (718) 523-7309
Limited hours are Monday and Thursday, 11 am to 3 pm. Call for referrals, work uniforms, supplies, or clothes for your family. Donations and contributions are always welcome.

Bayside Thrift Shop Ltd
14402 Northern Blvd
Flushing in Queens
Call (718) 460-4141
Free or low cost furniture items include refrigerators, beds, blankets, tables, couches, car seats and much more.

3236 Steinway St.
Long Island City
Phone number - (718) 932-0418
Relies heavily on donations. It can provide children with winter coats or books, the homeless with a hot meal, and even has information on local job training programs.

Staten Island

Project Hospitality
Address - 514 Bay Street
Call - (718) 815-0800
Assistance is offered for the homeless, unemployed, and people who are really struggling.

Regional New York City clothing centers and charities

St. John the Divine Cathedral - Community Cares
Main address is 1047 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10025
Telephone - (212) 316-7540
The church provides an array of support services to the low income and those in need. Resources include a Crisis Center, free professional and emergency clothing, emergency food and a soup kitchen, a shelter for men, emergency food pantry, advocacy, training and intervention. Other items, while more limited, may be beds, household goods, bedding and linens, clothes, and equipment. Call (212) 316-7540.

Baby Buggy
Address 520 8th Ave #8  New York, NY 10018
Phone number - (212) 736-1777
The charity distributes donations of new or gently used baby clothes, products, or gear to nonprofit community partners. Those agencies then distribute the items directly to low-income and homeless families in the greater New York region.





Furniture Distribution Program - (212) 306-3472
The center delivers free, used household items and furniture to families who have come out of a shelter. Diapers may be given to new moms.

Room to Grow offers assistance to mothers in poverty. It can provide them with essential provisions for their babies. Call the non-profit for clothing, toys, baby monitors, books, video/music tapes, blankets and bedding, bottles, teethers, bassinets, high chairs and strollers, baby carriers, swings, exersaucers, diaper bags, accessories. Phone (212) 620-7800

Bottomless Closet
15 Pennsylvania Plaza
New York, NY 10001
Telephone - (212) 563-2499
Economically disadvantaged and unemployed New York City women can get professional work or interview clothing. Job-preparedness training is also offered.

NYC Clothing Bank
(718) 492-4015
This non-profit works with local churches, shelter, soup kitchens and charities. They distribute new clothes and merchandise to these organizations, when then distribute the items to the needy. Students from low income families or single parent homes in NYC can also get backpacks, free school items or supplies, and other assistance.

Dress for Success
Location - 32 E 31st St # 602  New York, NY 10016
(212) 684-3611
The focus is on women who are looking for a job. The charity provides interview suits, confidence boosts and career development skills. Dresses, slacks, laptops, briefcases and more is offered.

Career Gear
120 Broadway
New York, NY 10271
Call (212) 577-6190
Men can receive interview clothing, motivation and follow-up , as well as free job training, resume review, and other aid.

Salvation Army Centers in New York City
There are other locations too. They sell low cost furniture and items from a Family Store. Other assistance programs include work clothes for immigrants and minorities, back to school supply giveaways, free birthday or Christmas toys, shelter, winter coats for kids, and more. Continue with Salvation Army Family Stores in NYC.

Bloomingdale School of Music
Phone - (212) 663-6021
The center offers music instruction and maybe even instruments to underprivileged children and adults. They can be effect back to school supplies for kids.

Housing Works, Inc.
Main address - 743 E 9th St.
New York, NY 10009
(212) 677-7999 or (347) 473-7400
Supports AIDs patients in the boroughs. The center will distribute donations of clothing, shoes, jewelry , accessories, basic art and furniture.





Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter (NCS)
157 E 86th St
New York, NY 10128
Dial (212) 537-5080
May have some basic needs for the homeless, such as socks, underwear, toothbrushes, soap, hygiene kits. Will also work with them in finding shelter and permanent housing.

Per Scholas
The non-profit brings computers and technology to NYC students and deprived children and families.
Dial (718) 772-0631

Lions Club International has distributed free eyeglasses. It offers both prescription and non-prescription, reading glasses and even free sunglasses. Call (609) 882-3332 for information and conditions to qualify.

School supplies are offered from The Pencil Box (which use to be called the PENCIL Resource Bank) and Tools4Schools. Both of these can provide students from lower income families with free or low cost computers, musical instruments, furniture, books, science equipment, and art supplies. Visit their website or dial (646) 548-9675.

By Jon McNamara

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