By Carol Corden, Executive Director
Since New Destiny’s launch, advocating for stable housing for low-income domestic violence survivors has been baked into our work. We recognized that homeless victims of domestic violence in New York City, disproportionately women of color, were a large but invisible segment of the homeless population without equal access to programs and housing resources targeted to homeless households.
Twenty-six years later, we are still working to ensure that low-income survivors have equal access to housing resources.
Today, that means preventing the proposed 40% cut to the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s (HPD) capital budget; partnering with local allies to advocate for a New York State rent supplement for households who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless; co-leading the Family Homelessness Coalition (FHC) to develop solutions to preventing and ending family homelessness; and working with national allies to push for passage of the proposed HEROES Act which would provide $11.5 billion to address the needs of people experiencing and at risk of homelessness, including domestic violence survivors.
Here’s what you can do to help homeless domestic violence survivors and other low-income families at risk of becoming homeless:
Help pass the HEROES Act. Take action today:
☑ If you work for a non-profit, add your organization to two letters urging Congress to act to keep people stably housed. To sign the letters click here.
☑ Individuals should contact their Senators urging them to ensure housing stability during COVID-19: Click here to find your representative and take action.
I hope you’ll join us in our fight to end domestic violence and family homelessness.