New Destiny’s Inaugural Symposium

Innovative Housing Solutions to Address the Homelessness Crisis for Domestic Violence Survivors

Thursday, March 10, 2022 • 9:30 am to 1:00 pm

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Homelessness and Domestic Violence

According to the most recent federal data, approximately 78,000 individuals experience homelessness in New York City and more than half are families with children. At the core of this crisis, is domestic violence which in New York City is the number one driver of family homelessness.

The need for safe, affordable housing among domestic violence survivors and the crisis of homelessness are not unique to New York City: It is a national crisis that has been exacerbated by the pandemic. There are various organizations that have implemented innovative, trauma-informed housing programs locally and across the country, such as rapid rehousing and supportive housing.

The Symposium

Sector leaders and individuals with lived experience share best practices and lessons learned about emerging and existing evidence-based solutions to address the domestic violence and homelessness crisises. Q&A portions will enable attendees to join the conversation and discuss their experiences in the field.

The Program

Additional presenters to be added as they’re confirmed

9:30 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:45 AM Federal Perspective: A video welcome from Jeff Olivet, Executive Director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH)
9:50 AM The Big Picture: A moderated discussion on the intersectionality between racial and gender inequality, family homelessness and domestic violence, and the effects of this trauma on survivors and their children.

Moderator: Tracy Perrizo, Program Officer, New York City Program, The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust

Cecile Noel, Commissioner, New York City Mayor’s Office to End Domestic Violence and Gender-Based Violence (ENDGBV)
Kelli Owens, Executive Director, New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

10:45 AM Community-Based Housing Solutions: Leveraging voucher programs and resources to help survivors attain and retain permanent housing

Moderator: Jennifer DeCarli, Deputy Commissioner for Family Justice Centers and Outreach, New York City Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence (ENDGBV)

Kim Maloney, New York City CoC Domestic Violence Committee Co-Chair, domestic violence survivor and advocate
Kris Billhardt, Director of Program and Practice Innovation, National Alliance for Safe Housing, Inc. (NASH)
Kristina Sellers, domestic violence survivor and advocate
Melissa Broderick, Director of Supportive Housing Services, The Road Home

11:45 AM A New York State Perspective

Remarks from New York State Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal, Chair of the Committee on Social Services

12:00 PM Supportive Housing: Best practices to meet the needs of survivors and their families

Moderator: Laura Mascuch, Executive Director, Supportive Housing Network of New York

Isa Martinez-McDonald, Regional Director – Bronx, New Destiny
Kristie A. Thomas, Director and Associate Professor, Simmons University School of Social Work
Tiffany Jones, domestic violence survivor and advocate
Toi Walker-Smith, Manager of Housing Services, Willow Domestic Violence Center

12:50 PM Keynote address by Pauletta Perez, CFO, Snark 22, Board Member, New Destiny Housing, and domestic violence advocate

Read our policy priorities to address homelessness caused by domestic violence in New York City.

New Destiny thanks Trinity Church Wall Street for hosting the event.


About New Destiny: New Destiny Housing is a 28-year-old nonprofit committed to ending the cycle of domestic violence and homelessness. We develop supportive and affordable housing and, through our HousingLink program, we connect survivors of domestic violence with safe, permanent housing throughout New York City. As both a permanent housing developer and service provider, solely focused on survivors, New Destiny is well-positioned to advocate for the interventions that will help survivors transition from crisis, remain safe, and rebuild their lives.