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NEW DESTINY HOUSING CORPORATION

aka New Destiny Housing Corporation   |   New York, NY   |  www.newdestinyhousing.org

Mission

New Destiny’s mission is to end the cycle of violence for low-income families and individuals experiencing homelessness and domestic violence by connecting them to safe, permanent housing and services. To achieve our mission, we build and manage housing with on-site services; offer innovative programs that empower victims of abuse to find and retain affordable housing; and expand access to permanent housing resources for low-income families.

Ruling year info

1995

Principal Officer

Nicole Branca

Main address

12 W. 37th Street, 7th Floor

New York, NY 10018 USA

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EIN

13-3778489

NTEE code info

Housing Development, Construction, Management (L20)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Domestic violence is the leading generator of family homelessness in NYC. Low-income domestic violence survivors often face the choice of becoming homeless or remaining in a potentially dangerous situation. And when the legally mandated stay of six months end, most survivors leave shelter still homeless and at continued risk of abuse. Some may stay temporarily with family and friends or apply for shelter in the general homeless system. And unfortunately, all too often many return to their batterers and the situation they initially gathered the courage to leave.

Many domestic violence survivors and their children are still suffering from trauma when they leave shelter. Voluntary support services offered within the context of safe, permanent housing can help victims of violence continue the healing process while addressing many of the issues (safety planning, job training, parenting, independent living skills) that help families remain stable, unified and violence-free over time.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Housing Preservation and Development

New Destiny develops, owns and manages affordable housing. Since its inception in 1994, the organization has New Destiny has developed 10 buildings with 297 supportive units for homeless families headed by domestic violence survivors. On-sit support services help tenants to remain stably housed and prevent new incidents of domestic violence. Our unique role as both a permanent housing developer and service provider allows us to create thoughtful building and program design to help survivors transition from crisis, remain safe, and rebuild their lives.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Victims and oppressed people

The online Housing Resource Center offers up-to-date and detailed information about housing subsidies and other housing resources in New York City serving as a clearinghouse of housing information for other service providers and domestic violence survivors. Receiving over 140,000 visitors annually, the Resource Center is considered the "go-to" website for individuals and advocates seeking information on affordable housing in New York City.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The cornerstone of our housing, the Family Support Program uses a trauma-informed approach tailored to the needs of previously homeless domestic violence survivors who are coping with the trauma of both homelessness and domestic violence. Services include case management, advocacy assistance, recreational and therapeutic activities, counseling, service coordination, safety planning, eviction prevention, financial literacy education, health and wellness activities and support, employment readiness and children’s activities. As needed, Family Support Program staff make referrals for adults and children to a wide range of organizations that provide specialized services such as employment assistance, legal assistance, physical health care, mental health and substance abuse counseling and vocational/education services. Program objectives are to keep domestic violence survivors safe, prevent them from cycling back into the homeless shelter system, and foster economic stability.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Victims and oppressed people

Low-income and homeless domestic violence survivors face enormous challenges in finding safe, affordable housing due to both a lack of affordable housing and to issues related to domestic violence such as outstanding bills or child custody issues. New Destiny’s HousingLink addresses helps survivors to address these issues, and connects them to affordable apartments, helping them to avoid a shelter stay or reducing the time in shelter. By placing families into permanent housing as quickly as possible, HousingLink reduces the trauma they experience from both homelessness and domestic violence. The program’s aftercare helps connect survivors to their new communities and fosters housing stability.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

Andrew Heiskell Community Renaissance Award 2009

Enterprise Community Partners

Housing For Everyone Award 2010

TD Bank

Not-For-Profit Partner of the Year 2011

New York State Association for Affordable Housing

Neighborhood Builders Award 2011

Bank of America

2018 Advocates of NYC 2018

NYC Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence

Affiliations & memberships

National Low-Income Housing Coalition 2012

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Housing stability as measured by move-outs and destinations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Family Support Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In FY 2021, housing stability was 95% across all of New Destiny's buildings. Of 256 units, all households remained stably housed.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

New Destiny envisions a world where…
• No one is forced to choose between being safe and having a home
• All victims of domestic violence have access to the services and supports they need to become survivors and to live safe, healthy, fulfilling lives
• The children of survivors are housed in a safe environment that enables them to thrive
• Permanent, affordable, quality housing is available to everyone

Guided by an annual Implementation Plan, New Destiny's objectives are to ensure a pipeline of affordable rental housing for our target populations; maintain and preserve New Destiny-owned housing; provide on-site programming that supports tenant stability, freedom from violence, and economic security as well as a positive environment for children and families; and promote awareness of affordable housing with access to services as a long-term and cost-effective solution to homelessness caused by domestic violence.

For nearly three decades, New Destiny has led the charge to provide permanent, supportive and affordable housing to survivors of domestic violence. Our mission is to break the cycle of homelessness and violence among homeless domestic violence survivors by focusing on the long-term solution of housing stability that keeps survivors and their children safe, post-crisis and post-shelter. Our unique role as both a permanent housing developer and service provider allows us to create thoughtful building and program design to help survivors transition from crisis, remain safe, and rebuild their lives. We help survivors navigate the myriad of barriers to accessing and maintaining affordable housing, and provide survivor-centered, trauma-informed services that empower them to start over and live free of economic, emotional and physical violence. We are acknowledged as a local and national leader in providing service-enriched affordable housing for survivors of domestic violence as well as a recognized expert in the field.

Since its launch in 1994, New Destiny has developed 10 permanent residential projects in four boroughs with 440 apartments for domestic violence survivors and their children coming from shelter. New Destiny has also developed two unique citywide programs that serve several thousands of survivors each year; provided residential services to tenants of New Destiny-owned housing to keep them stable and safe; and achieved significant program and policy changes that have created more housing resources for domestic violence survivors.

Our on-site services, provided through the Family Support Program, is a successful model for delivering services that results in housing stability – nearly all of our tenants remain stably housed each year – and ends the cycle of violence in these families. The outcome is that families remain stable and safe, and children are given a chance to flourish and succeed academically. A 2020-21 independent evaluation of the program by researchers from Simmons University School of Social Work, led by Kristie A. Thomas, PhD, found that our affordable, permanent housing combined with specially tailored services provides housing stability and a foundation that allows survivors to progress in other areas of their lives.


At a time when domestic violence is the largest reason that families in New York City become homeless, addressing the permanent housing needs of domestic violence survivors in shelter has never been more important. Domestic violence is a public health crisis that disproportionately impacts low-income women of color and their children. While homelessness is viewed as one of the City’s most significant challenges, the intersection between domestic violence and family homelessness is neither recognized nor addressed in City and State policies or programs. As a result, homeless victims of domestic violence do not have equal access to permanent housing resources.

Our work is critical to ending homelessness caused by domestic violence. Over the next year, New Destiny will have doubled the number of affordable housing units in the organization’s portfolio to 548 units and will expand from helping 600 individuals annually to 2,000. And we will continue to advocate to improve access to existing New York City homeless housing resources among domestic violence survivor who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
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Financials

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NEW DESTINY HOUSING CORPORATION

Board of directors
as of 05/04/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Nora Levinson

Paula Sarro

Mercy Center

Hadrian Tucker

State Bank of India

Gina Doynow

Lane Addonizio

Central Park Conservancy

Elaine Calos

No Affiliation

Erin Galligan

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Charles McLean

Rachel Miller

New York City Administration for Children’s Services

Jessie Gabriel

All Places

Nicole Firment

Freddie Mac

Nora Levinson

Kenzen, Inc.

George Fejokwu

Apple Bank

Mark Jacobson

LegalSearch

Pauletta Perez

Snark22

Blanca Ramirez

Hudson Housing Capital

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/4/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data