Finding Free Furniture

I would like to know if anyone can tell me where I can find help to get my son and I a living room set for our house. I am on Section 8 and unable to work due to multiple disabilities and my son gets SSI. We both have been in a car accident in 2014 that left me with severe back & neck pains. I am currently seeing a pain management doctor. I was told that I will never be able to work again. I am trying to get disability, but they told me it's going to be a long process.

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July 11, 20180 found this helpful

Put want ads in Freecycling and Craigslist. There are also people giving things away.

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July 11, 20180 found this helpful

being disabled makes things difficult because it makes it hard for you to go pick things up, either thru free Craigslist ads or curb pickup or dumpster diving (all things that I have done and recommend others do)

the best I can think is to contact a local church or charity and plea your case and have them spread the word.

It's crazy how many people throw out perfectly good furnishings and some good person (especially people who are moving) would probably give you some no problem

going near a college town or college shortly after finals is another great way to find. Simply put up a flyer in the Student Union or somesuch stating 'if you want to get rid of your furniture please call us we need it, disabled, etc etc" I bet you get some that way because ppl for the most part hate throwing stuff out and they'll feel good to help you

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best of luck!

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July 12, 20180 found this helpful

I am so sorry to hear of your troubles. I have a few suggestions...which are:

1. Do you belong to a religious organization (church, synagogue, mosque etc.)? Some have discretionary funds that are used to help parishioners in need. It is all very private and no one needs to know. Perhaps they could use that either to help you buy an inexpensive set or if someone in the congregation is giving something away, use the funds to help rent a truck and buy pizza for a few volunteers to deliver and set it up for you.

2. Since you have a computer and are posting here, have you considered setting up a Go Fund Me or like crowd sourcing pages?
They are fairly easy to do, you tell your story and ask for help. I know from first hand experience they work if you work to get the message out there. You could use this the same as above...if someone can give you a set, you can use the go fund me to help rent a truck and buy pizza for the delivery crew.

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The only thing is I also recently learned they may count as income and may need reported to the IRS....see this link www.post-gazette.com/.../201805230153

If you go this route, you may want to have a professional do your taxes for the year of the process.

3. Do you have a Habitat for Humanity or other like organization in your area who could offer help or guidance? www.habitat.org/ There is a search on the site for local entities. They have stores nearby me and I believe they can deliver furniture. If you used the Go Fund Me to raise enough to purchase a set, they could then deliver for you.

Will send you prayers for solutions!

P.S. If you need Legal Aide to help you get your disability, contact your local state senator and see if his office can put you in touch with a legitimate legal aide service. There are many fly by night ones out there...you will need one who is reputable.

I found ours by putting in Google search my town name and the phrase state senator. His name came right up. Their services are free paid for by our tax dollars, so may this can help you!!

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July 12, 20180 found this helpful

You can check with local churches or organizations in your community. Including Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army.

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You can post wanted ads with a short description of your story for free furniture. Given your circumstance I believe you would need help with someone delivering and setting up, in exchange you can offer them pizza and a beverage? Or beer money.

You can also check free section of Craigslist or FreeCycle and email asking if they could deliver (you are getting rid of their trash/your treasure) but be careful as some furniture may not be good ex. bed bugs so you have to be careful too.

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July 12, 20180 found this helpful

Nextdoor.com has become my favourite website as far as free stuff that's VERY close by for easy pickup. Free to sign up.

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July 16, 20180 found this helpful

I agree with Attosa that Nextdoor would be a good place to start as this will be within your neighborhood and someone may be able to help you with pick up and getting the items into your house as this can be a big job and not too many people will agree to do this.

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  • You may find lots of free stuff on Craigslist and Freecycle but I'm not sure you will find anyone willing to load, deliver (how many miles?), unload and carry into your house/apartment.
  • Also, I have never heard of Salvation Army, Goodwill, Habitat store, or any thrift store that will do the same thing - load, deliver, unload and carry into your house. Maybe others have but heard of this but most have signs that you need to bring help in loading that their people will not help load. Now some do help anyway, but they are not obligated.
  • Perhaps someone from your church (or a near by church) might find a way to help you find something.
  • As far as renting a truck for picking up items, that can be an expensive process. The truck rentals sound cheap ($19.95 day) but by the time you pay for gas and $.59 - $.99 for each mile driven you may have spent enough to pay for a nice used set at one of the thrift stores.
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  • I would suggest you try to recruit some family members to help you with this (maybe someone has set they could give you?) or at least help you pick up anything you might find.
  • Good luck and I hope that I am wrong and someone will be willing to do all of this for you as occasionally there are people who can - and will - help others that are having problems.
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August 22, 20180 found this helpful

you can apply for different grants or you can go to freecycle or craigslist or put an ad in a facebook group or contact local charities

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