New Destiny’s 2nd Annual Symposium

Housing Solutions for Survivors of Domestic Violence

Monday, October 30, 2023 • 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Join us in-person for our 2nd Annual Symposium on Monday, October 30th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Engelman Recital Hall – Baruch College in Manhattan.

New Destiny's Second Annual Symposium: Housing Solutions for Survivors of Domestic Violence. Monday, October 30, 2023.

The event will include a keynote address and three panel discussions. Kelli Owens, Executive Director of the NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, and Cecile Noel, Commissioner of the NYC Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence, are among the confirmed speakers.

Registration will open at 8:45 AM. Coffee and light breakfast will be served.

The full program will be announced shortly.

Homelessness and Domestic Violence

Close to 105,000 New Yorkers slept in shelters in July 2023, and about a third of them were children. Domestic violence is at the core of the homelessness crisis, especially for women and children. Since 2016, domestic violence has been documented as the main driver of family homelessness in New York City. Evictions remains second.

Access to safe and affordable housing is one of survivors’ biggest, most urgent concerns and it often determines whether they leave their abuser. However, due to the long-lasting impact of power and control dynamics and systemic barriers, attaining and maintaining permanent housing is often extremely difficult. For survivors of color, survivors with a disability, non-citizen survivors, and survivors from marginalized communities, the challenges are even greater due to systemic discrimination and lack of equitable access to resources.

The Symposium

Leading state and local policymakers, nonprofit leaders, and domestic violence survivors will engage in a discussion about innovative and effective housing intervention models.

The goal of our 2nd Annual Symposium is to elevate best practices and continue to build momentum for expanding housing resources available to survivors. In addition to hosting experts in the domestic violence community, the event will include visionaries in the larger homelessness field to share their successful housing-based programs and service models.

Q & A portions will enable attendees to join the conversation and discuss their experiences in the field.

Space is limited. Please reserve with haste.

Curious about last year’s inaugural symposium?

Visit the event page to see the program and learn more. The full recording is posted on YouTube.



Sponsors: Apple Bank, TD Bank, Bank of America, Avalon Bay


About New Destiny: New Destiny’s mission is to end the cycle of domestic violence and homelessness for low-income families and individuals by developing and connecting them to safe, permanent, affordable housing and services. Founded in 1994, New Destiny is the only organization in New York City dedicated solely to the solution of permanent housing for survivors. With 9 supportive and affordable housing buildings and two projects in development, New Destiny is the largest provider of supportive housing for homeless domestic violence survivors in New York. Our HousingLink program was the first rapid re-housing program for survivors in New York City. Most recently, New Destiny was selected by the City to provide housing navigation assistance to over 1,000 domestic violence survivors receiving Emergency Housing Vouchers through the federal American Rescue Plan.

New Destiny is a co-convener of the Family Homelessness Coalition, and a member of the Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development (ANHD) and Supportive Housing Network of New York.