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Domestic Violence is one of the leading causes of family homelessness nationwide. In New York City, more than 30% of homeless families are headed by victims of domestic abuse.

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Reports and policy briefs on homelessness and domestic violence.

  • Homelessness and Domestic Violence in NYC: Overview, Facts and New Destiny's Policy Recommendations
  • "More People to Listen": Legal and Social Service Needs of Bronx Communities Affected by Intimate Partner Violence [English version]
    "Más personas para escuchar”: Necesidades de servicios sociales y legales de las comunidades del Bronx afectadas por la violencia de parejae [Spanish version]
    Bronx Domestic Violence Roundtable and Bronx Legal Services, September 2016
    The report will help to inform policy decisions and funding allocations, and to guide elected officials and stakeholders with the expressed needs of the most vulnerable members of the Bronx community. Its findings, including recommendations from both advocates and community members, were presented as part of a Domestic Violence Roundtable Symposium held at Hostos Community College. Read the Press Release.
  • The Rising Number of Homeless Families in NYC, 2002–2012: A Look at Why Families Were Granted Shelter, the Housing They Had Lived in & Where They Came From
    New York City Independent Budget Office, November 2014
    IBO has examined extensive data compiled by the city’s Department of Homeless Services on families with children entering the city’s shelters over an 11-year period. A better understanding of where people lived and the situations they experienced right before entering the shelter system can help the city craft more effective homelessness prevention services and run the kind of emergency housing most needed by families.
  • Housing Assistance Underfunded but Critical for Survivors of Domestic Violence
    Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness, Fall 2011
    This report finds that there is inadequate funding to house survivors of domestic violence, particularly in emergency domestic violence shelters across the U.S, despite an increased demand for domestic violence services in 2010.
  • Meeting Survivors' Needs: A Multi-State Study of Domestic Violence Shelter Experiences
    Eleanor Lyon, Shannon Lane and Anne Menard, the National Institute of Justice, October 2008
    This study provides insight into the role that domestic violence shelters play in survivors' efforts to escape violence and abuse, summarizing key findings from a survey of over 3,400 shelter residents in 215 programs across eight states. The study highlights the range of services provided by domestic violence shelters, the needs and experiences of survivors who have turned to shelters for help, and the types of help they received.
  • City Spending on Domestic Violence: A Review
    New York City Independent Budget Office, June 2007
    This fiscal brief summarizes key findings from a review by the NYC Independent Budget Office on city spending on domestic violence in fiscal year 2005, noting that the city spent at least $227 million in 2005—not including state or federal funds—on emergency, police, and other services related to domestic violence.
  • Webinar on Homelessness Prevention for Survivors of Domestic Violence
    co-sponsored by the National Alliance to End Homelessness and Volunteers of America’s (VOA) Home Free program, March 15, 2012
    This webinar focused on the results of the SHARE (Safe Housing Assistance with Rent Evaluation) study, which focused on the role of housing stability in the lives of survivors of domestic violence. The study highlighted the success of the Home Free program in Portland, Oregon in using a rapid re-housing model to provide stable, permanent housing to homeless survivors of domestic violence. The webinar featured Dr. Chiquita Rollins, co-principal investigator of the SHARE study, and Kris Billhardt, Director of the VOA Home Free program. This webinar was the first in a series on preventing and ending homelessness for survivors of domestic violence.
  • Domestic violence, housing instability, and homelessness: A review of housing policies and program practices for meeting the needs of survivors
    Charlene K. Baker, Kris A. Billhardt, Joseph Warren, Chiquita Rollins, Nancy E. Glass; Aggression and Violent Behavior, August 2010
    This journal article reviews housing policies and practices that may inadvertently make it more difficult for domestic violence survivors to secure stable housing after fleeing an abusive relationship. The article provides an overview of the types of housing options available for survivors of domestic violence, and discusses the level of coordination between domestic violence and housing/homeless service systems. The journal article also explores creative alternatives to current housing policies and program practices that may serve as models for addressing the housing and safety needs of domestic violence survivors.
  • Ending Homelessness for Families: The Evidence for Affordable Housing
    Marybeth Shinn, National Alliance to End Homelessness and Enterprise Community Partners, July 27, 2009
    This paper examines patterns of shelter use among homeless families and returns to stable housing, including the role of housing subsidies in helping achieve housing stability.
 

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