NYS Housing Navigator RFP Now Available:
Proposals are being accepted from NYS domestic violence providers/programs that are licensed and/or approved by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) or other organizations as designated by the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NYSCADV) provider directory. Providers are encouraged to partner with housing providers in their communities when submitting proposals.
A Pre-Bid Webinar will be held on January 19, 2021 for eligible applicants. Registration is required. Please see the Grants Gateway for further information about registration. All applications are due by February 26, 2021 in the Grants Gateway.
If you are unsafe at home…
Reach out to an advocate any time, day or night.
Chat, text and calls are secure and private.
Our chat service is:
- NOT a public chat room and completely confidential
- Secure and private
- Staffed by professionals who can help
- Available 7 days/week, 24 hours per day
We’re here for you. Click below to “Chat” or “Search” for local resources
For Your Safety:
- Call 911 if you are in immediate danger and the police will respond.
- Seek treatment at a hospital emergency department if needed. Hospitals are open and a safe place to go for medical care.
- Add NYS resource info (above) under a fake contact name to avoid suspicion.
- Create a code word for friends and family that will tell them you need help.
- Know the areas in your home with a lock on the door.
- Prepare a go-bag with important documents, medication and extra clothing.
- Tell your family and friends where you will flee if you need to leave urgently.
- Talk with your children about safety so they have a sense of acceptable situations.
- Advocates are available to help you days, evenings and weekends.
Be an Ally:
- Listen without judgment.
- Support their decisions – they made their choices for a reason.
- Remind them that it's not their fault – there is no excuse for abuse.
- Let them know all services are still up and running – 911, shelters, healthcare
- Refer them to the services above – text, chat or call an advocate.
- Help them brainstorm other places they can stay.
- Remind them that they are not alone.
- Build on their strengths – they've survived.
- Talk about their options.
- Ask how you can help and what they need.
- Don't tell them what to do. It’s time they have control over their own life.