Chicago Furniture Bank
Founded by three recent college graduates, the Chicago Furniture Bank (CFB) was started in July of 2018 with seed funding from the University of Pennsylvania’s President’s Engagement Prize. The CFB collects donated furniture and other household items to redistribute to low-income clients moving into supportive housing. We have a network of 170 nonprofit partners that refer their clients to our showroom to hand-pick an entire home’s worth of furniture; our clients are primarily the formerly homeless, victims of domestic violently, the mentally and physically disabled, recovering addicts, veterans, and other populations that face poverty. In our first ten months, we have furnished 760 homes for over 1900 people while recycling 375+ tons of furniture. We currently furnish seven homes per day and have 19 employees that primarily come from nonprofit workforce development programs. In 2019 we are projecting to furnish 1300 homes for 4000 Chicagoans. The CFB's mission is to make a house a home.