A Unique Model…
We believe that affordable housing is a threshold requirement for family stability. However, housing alone may not be sufficient to help families traumatized by domestic violence to move forward. Our unique model integrates the best in housing development with on-site services tailored to meet the needs of families coming from the domestic violence shelter system. Our goal is to help families heal while fostering a strong community.
Quality homes for safe, healthy lives….
We are committed to developing housing that is well designed, environmentally sensitive, and affordable to renters over time. Our buildings complement their neighborhoods with contextual design, and strive to improve energy efficiency, provide healthy environments, and incorporate sustainable, green materials with each new development.
The Family Support Program’s on-site services help residents remain stably housed and provide access to programs and resources that assist them to rebuild and transform their lives. To avoid stigmatizing low-income domestic violence survivors, our buildings include a mix of tenants – individuals and families without a history of abuse who come from diverse backgrounds.
Preservation and Weatherization…
We strive to keep our existing stock of housing in good condition utilizing a variety of funding sources for weatherization, greening, and repairing and upgrading older properties. In addition to maintaining the longevity and affordability of our rental units, these measures are designed to improve the health and safety of our tenants.
One survivor arrived at a New Destiny apartment skeptical about where she would be living. When she saw the apartment, she was overwhelmed. “The apartments were lovely. I couldn’t believe it. Sunny, clean and in mint condition! There was a computer lab I could use and even activities for my son after school. With a key to my own apartment, I felt safe for the first time in years.”
Our permanent housing provides on-site services through the Family Support Program. Services are tailored to the needs of families with recent histories of domestic abuse. Support includes counseling, job readiness assistance, financial planning, children and family programming to help families rebuild their lives and become self-sufficient.
The Jennings, opening in the summer of 2019, has 42 affordable housing units, including, 1, 2 and 3-bedrooom apartments, in the Bronx. Half the units are reserved for families coming directly from the domestic violence shelters. The building includes a secure outsdoor play area, laundry room, common room, lounge and offices for our Family Support Program staff.
The Morris is a 39-unit affordable residence in the Bronx with studio,1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments for low-income individuals and families, with half of the units reserved for homeless families coming directly from the domestic violence shelters. The Morris includes a secure backyard, laundry room, common room, and offices for our Family Support Program staff.
Bainbridge Manor has 23 units that are affordable to low-income households, with half of the units reserved for homeless families coming directly from the domestic violence shelter system. The building features studio and 2-bedroom units, a secure backyard with a children’s play area, laundry room, common room, computer room, children’s indoor playroom, and program staff offices.
Bainbridge Manor meets the requirements of NYSERDA’s Multifamily Performance Program and Enterprise’s Green Communities Program.
This 41-unit building located near Yankee Stadium in the Bronx features studios, 1 and 2-bedroom apartments, program offices for the Family Support Program, a beautiful common room and indoor children’s room, a fully landscaped backyard and play area. The building is home to low-income households and families from the domestic violence shelter system.
Located in the Northwest Bronx, this 38 unit building includes program offices, a common room,a computer room, and a landscaped backyard. Half of the units are set aside for domestic violence survivors coming from shelter, with the remainder rented to low-income working households.
Marcello Manor meets the requirements of NYSERDA’s Multifamily Performance Program and Enterprise’s Green Communities Program.
Bridge Community consists of four buildings with 36 affordable units that New Destiny originally renovated in 1989, 1999 and 2005. In 2017-18, the buildings were substantially rehabilitated to ensure their future as viable affordable rental projects. Building-wide renovations included new roofs, joist replacement as needed, new/improved lighting and upgrades/repairs in public areas, masonry repairs, new heating systems, security cameras and new landscaping including the addition of a children’s play area. Apartment upgrades included new bath and kitchen fixtures, new appliances, floor replacements, tiling and painting.
Utilizing NYC’s Inclusionary Zoning Program, New Destiny partnered with World Wide Group to renovate a five-story elevator building with eight affordable apartments – four studio and four 2-bedroom units. The building is named in memory of Matthew Gottsegen, a former member of New Destiny’s Board of Directors, who provided pro bono design services critical to the development of this project.
Transitional and Other Housing
During their transition from emergency shelter to permanent housing, domestic violence survivors and their children have a temporary home in this licensed transitional residence which serves 31 families. The six-story art deco building houses a licensed daycare facility, community rooms and a garden with a play area.
New Destiny owns and developed this emergency shelter for domestic violence survivors, created from a former warehouse. It includes 11 rooms (35 beds) with shared baths and a common kitchen as well as children’s play area.
Buildings developed for other nonprofits
Barrier Free Living hired New Destiny to develop an 86-bed emergency residence serving disabled domestic violence survivors. The five-story facility with 44 apartments provides temporary housing for women and children who are mobility, sight or hearing-impaired. It is the only emergency facility in New York City’s domestic violence shelter system that is entirely accessible to the disabled.
Sister Marion Agnes House
New Destiny served as the developer for Nazareth Housing which sponsored the conversion of a parochial school that had been vacant for more than 50 years, into 13 units of affordable housing and two units of transitional housing.
This 20-bed emergency shelter was developed for Womankind. Originally a four family dwelling, the property underwent a moderate rehab for use as a community facility with sleeping accommodations. The renovated building houses 2 families per apartment unit with shared kitchens and baths. Social service office space is located on the first floor.
In 1992 New Destiny developed Lang House, an innovative mix of 10 transitional units (32 beds) with shared kitchens and baths and four permanent apartments for domestic violence survivors. The building was a moderate rehab of an existing apartment house.