HousingLink is a cost effective, innovative citywide program that prevents homelessness among households fleeing domestic violence. The program provides a continuum of services to prevent or reduce shelter use and support housing stability for low-income domestic violence survivors and their children. HousingLink was launched in 2014 as a pilot initiative in collaboration with the New York City Family Justice Centers which are operated by the New York City Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence.
Offered at each of the five borough Family Justice Centers (with limited services in Staten Island), HousingLink connects families fleeing domestic violence who are at risk of homelessness to quality, affordable rental units in privately owned buildings, informs individuals about their housing options, and enables them to become housing ready. Services include workshops for clients on permanent housing options available in New York City including rental subsidy programs, barriers to securing an affordable apartment, and how to prepare a successful application for renting a private sector apartment; one-on-one counseling and referrals tailored to individual needs of each client to address housing barriers (e.g., negative credit, housing court records); and aftercare to ensure that clients placed in housing remain stable.
Victims of domestic violence receiving services at the Family Justice Centers in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, or Queens who need to move for their safety or, those who have fled their abusers but do not yet have adequate replacement housing may be eligible for HousingLink. Services are accessed at a Family Justice Center. Click here for locations and hours of the Family Justice Centers.