Annual PIT count: What it says about homelessness

The recently released Point in Time (PIT) count from the U.S. Department of Housing and Preservation provides valuable information about who is homeless in the United States – information that shapes the conversation around resource allocation. The 2019 PIT count shows that homeless domestic violence survivors were again the third largest sub-population – with 6,056 […]


Statement on Governor Cuomo’s 2020 State of the State Address

We applaud Governor Cuomo’s commitment to addressing the needs of domestic violence survivors and homeless individuals and families in his 2020 State of the State address. New Destiny has long advocated for the inclusion of households headed by domestic violence as a target population in both New York State and New York City affordable housing […]


HousingLink, our innovative rapid rehousing program, has placed its 100th survivor in a safe, high quality apartment.

At a celebration of this milestone, Kayla, a HousingLink client, shared her story of fleeing abuse and finding safety: “Having an apartment means having a home, a blessing, a stable foundation, a comfort zone where we can be ourselves and feel safe. It’s the base for everything!” A partnership with the Mayor’s Office to End […]


Testimony at New York City Council Joint Hearing by Committee on General Welfare and the Committee on Women’s Issues

September 19, 2019 Presented by Alyssa Keil, Director of HousingLink, New Destiny Housing Corporation Thank you for the opportunity to testify today at this Joint Oversight Hearing for New York City Human Resource Administration’s (HRA) Domestic Violence Shelter System. My name is Alyssa Keil and I am the Director of HousingLink at New Destiny Housing, […]


Going Up: The Finale

Nearly completed! Construction of The Jennings, our newest affordable housing project in the Bronx, is in its final stages, with tenants moving in this fall. Twenty-three of the 42 apartments in The Jennings will provide new homes for homeless families headed by domestic violence survivors who are in a NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA) shelter. […]


The Bryant – now underway in the Bronx

Domestic violence is a major generator of family homelessness in New York City – at least 30% of families using New York City shelters are fleeing domestic abuse. To reduce family homelessness, we must increase the permanent housing available to low-income domestic violence survivors who are otherwise likely to cycle in and out of shelter […]


Going Up! Part 2

We are just a few months away from completion of our newest service-enriched affordable project – The Jennings. Located in the Bronx, The Jennings will have 42 apartments, with 23 set-aside for domestic violence survivors coming from a domestic violence shelter. Shown in these photos are preparations for the building’s courtyard, the common room and […]


HousingLink: Paving a Path to Home

By Gina Cappuccitti, HousingLink Coordinator Survivors seeking services through HousingLink often come to their first meeting having already faced a range of barriers in their apartment search, particularly relating to credit. Because a credit check is performed by landlords prior to approving a tenant, we start this conversation early. This way, clients can take the […]


Economic Abuse as a Barrier for Domestic Violence Survivors Seeking Housing

By Raquel Paulino, HousingLink Training and Technical Assistance Manager At a recent conference sponsored by Fordham Law School’s Feerick Center for Social Justice, I participated in a panel on consumer debt, addressing issues related to economic abuse and domestic violence. Economic abuse is a common type of abuse among survivors of domestic violence; identity theft […]


HousingLink: A Model for Reducing Family Homelessness

New Destiny’s innovative rapid rehousing program, HousingLink, has been found by an independent evaluator to be “an innovative, promising practice” which should be sustained and scaled up with increased staffing: “HousingLink has proven that it could scale up, serve more families and be sustainable. Compared to the costs of housing a family in shelter, HousingLink […]