Additional Resources

Reports and policy briefs on homelessness and domestic violence.
  • A New Lens for NYC’s Housing Plan: This is a feminist housing plan
    Citizens Housing Planning Council, February 2020
    The next housing plan is an opportunity for communities and policymakers to widen the conversation beyond counting units, articulate new metrics, and develop a shared vision of housing policy for NYC.
  • Housing Survivors: How New York City Can Increase Housing Stability for Survivors of Domestic Violence
    NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, October 21, 2019
    Comptroller Stringer Releases Sweeping New Report Showing Domestic Violence is the Leading Driver of Homelessness and Proposes Comprehensive Roadmap to Support Survivors.
    Read the press release, read the report online, or download a PDF copy.
  • 13th Annual Domestic Violence Counts: New York summary
    National Network to End Domestic Violence
    In 2018, 95 out of 97 (98%) identified domestic violence programs in New York participated in the National Census of Domestic Violence Services conducted by NNEDV (National Network to End Domestic Violence). The survey found that in a single day, of 801 unmet requests for services, 73% (587) were for housing.
  • Homelessness in America: Focus on Families with Children Experiencing Homelessness
    U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness September 2018
    This brief reviews data and information regarding family homelessness including its scale, impact on children and risk of family homelessness.
  • Creating Safe Housing Options for Survivors: Learning From and Expanding Research
    Domestic Violence and Housing Technical Assistance Consortium June 2017
    This brief provides a brief overview of the current and expanding evidence behind best practices in helping domestic violence survivors obtain safe and stable housing.
  • Homelessness and Domestic Violence in NYC: Overview, Facts and New Destiny’s Policy Recommendations
  • “More People to Listen”: Legal and Social Service Needs of Bronx Communities Affected by Intimate Partner Violence [English version]
    “Más personas para escuchar”: Necesidades de servicios sociales y legales de las comunidades del Bronx afectadas por la violencia de parejae [Spanish version]
    Bronx Domestic Violence Roundtable and Bronx Legal Services, September 2016.
    The report will help to inform policy decisions and funding allocations, and to guide elected officials and stakeholders with the expressed needs of the most vulnerable members of the Bronx community. Its findings, including recommendations from both advocates and community members, were presented as part of a Domestic Violence Roundtable Symposium held at Hostos Community College. Read the Press Release.
  • The Rising Number of Homeless Families in NYC, 2002–2012: A Look at Why Families Were Granted Shelter, the Housing They Had Lived in & Where They Came From
    New York City Independent Budget Office, November 2014
    IBO has examined extensive data compiled by the city’s Department of Homeless Services on families with children entering the city’s shelters over an 11-year period. A better understanding of where people lived and the situations they experienced right before entering the shelter system can help the city craft more effective homelessness prevention services and run the kind of emergency housing most needed by families.
  • Housing Assistance Underfunded but Critical for Survivors of Domestic Violence
    Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness, Fall 2011
    This report finds that there is inadequate funding to house survivors of domestic violence, particularly in emergency domestic violence shelters across the U.S, despite an increased demand for domestic violence services in 2010.
  • City Spending on Domestic Violence: A Review
    New York City Independent Budget Office, June 2007
    This fiscal brief summarizes key findings from a review by the NYC Independent Budget Office on city spending on domestic violence in fiscal year 2005, noting that the city spent at least $227 million in 2005—not including state or federal funds—on emergency, police, and other services related to domestic violence.
  • Webinar on Homelessness Prevention for Survivors of Domestic Violence
    co-sponsored by the National Alliance to End Homelessness and Volunteers of America’s (VOA) Home Free program, March 15, 2012
    This webinar focused on the results of the SHARE (Safe Housing Assistance with Rent Evaluation) study, which focused on the role of housing stability in the lives of survivors of domestic violence. The study highlighted the success of the Home Free program in Portland, Oregon in using a rapid re-housing model to provide stable, permanent housing to homeless survivors of domestic violence. The webinar featured Dr. Chiquita Rollins, co-principal investigator of the SHARE study, and Kris Billhardt, Director of the VOA Home Free program. This webinar was the first in a series on preventing and ending homelessness for survivors of domestic violence.
  • Domestic violence, housing instability, and homelessness: A review of housing policies and program practices for meeting the needs of survivors
    Charlene K. Baker, Kris A. Billhardt, Joseph Warren, Chiquita Rollins, Nancy E. Glass; Aggression and Violent Behavior, August 2010
    This journal article reviews housing policies and practices that may inadvertently make it more difficult for domestic violence survivors to secure stable housing after fleeing an abusive relationship. The article provides an overview of the types of housing options available for survivors of domestic violence, and discusses the level of coordination between domestic violence and housing/homeless service systems. The journal article also explores creative alternatives to current housing policies and program practices that may serve as models for addressing the housing and safety needs of domestic violence survivors.