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Survivor Access Financial Empowerment (SAFE)

Survivor Access Financial Empowerment (SAFE)

SAFE Overview

  • Financial concerns are a barrier to safety for victims and survivors of domestic violence.
  • Flexible funding is effective because it is:
    • Survivor Driven - Each survivor has unique needs. How survivors use the funding should not be compartmentalized or merit-based.  
    • Removing Obstacles - Low barrier requirements mean that funding can be provided quickly to address immediate crises.

SAFE Can Be Transformative for Survivors

A recent study on the use of flexible funding recorded the following outcomes:

  • 68% of flexible funding recipients remained stably housed (i.e. remained in their homes or moved from one home to another).
  • 67% reported an increase in well-being and capacity to move from just surviving to thriving.
  • 26% moved from homelessness to temporarily or permanently housed.

What Are the Allowable Uses of This Funding?

The following examples are ways this funding can be used. Distribution of these funds is not limited to these suggestions. You can speak further with your provider on the specific allowable costs for each category.

  • Children’s needs
  • Communication
  • Education, training, employment
  • Food & Household Supplies
  • Personal supplies
  • Housing readiness
  • Legal assistance
  • Mortgage assistance
  • Rental Assistance
  • Hotel/Motel
  • Utility Assistance
  • Transportation assistance
  • Physical/Mental health needs
  • Pet supplies & support
  • Other

How Do Survivors Access the Funding?

The awards are distributed by the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence to programs that directly serve survivors and victims of domestic violence.

65 non-residential domestic violence service providers recognized by the New York State Office for Children and Family Services (OCFS) accepted the awards and will distribute this funding to victims and survivors of domestic violence. Please see the full list of programs below.

Where to get help with SAFE

65 non-residential domestic violence service providers recognized by the New York State Office for Children and Family Services (OCFS) were awarded grants to distribute this funding to victims and survivors of domestic violence. This means New Yorkers across the state can access a program that will distribute SAFE funding.

CountyProgram NamePhone Number
AlbanyEquinox518-432-7865
AlleganyACCORD800-593-5322
BroomeRise-NY607-754-4340
CattaraugusCattaraugus Community Action888-945-3970
CayugaCayuga Seneca Community Action Agency, Inc.315-255-6221
ChautauquaSalvation Army of Jamestown716-661-3894
ChemungSalvation Army of Elmira607-732-0314
ChenangoLiberty Resources855-966-9723
ClintonBehavioral Health Services North888-563-6904
ColumbiaCommunity Action of Greene County518-943-9211
CortlandYWCA of Cortland607-756-6363
DelawareDelaware Opportunities607-746-1600
DutchessFamily Services845-452-1110
Grace Smith House845-471-3033
ErieChild and Family Services716-884-6000
Crisis Services716-834-3131
Erie County DA716-858-4630
Erie County Family Justice Center716-558-7233
EssexBehavioral Health Services North518-563-6904
FranklinThis county can be served by programs in surrounding counties 
FultonFamily Counseling Center of Fulton County518-725-5300
GeneseeYWCA of Genesee585-343-7513
GreeneCommunity Action of Greene County Inc. (Columbia and Greene County)518-943-9211
HamiltonThis county can be served by programs in surrounding counties 
HerkimerCatholic Charities of Herkimer County315-894-1860
JeffersonVictims Assistance Center of Jefferson County315-782-1855
LewisThis county can be served by programs in surrounding counties 
LivingstonChances and Changes585-658-2660
MadisonThis county can be served by programs in surrounding counties 
MonroeWillow Domestic Violence Center of Greater Rochester585-222-7233
MontgomeryCatholic Charities of Fulton & Montgomery Counties518-842-3384
NassauCirculo De La Hispanidad516-889-2849
The Safe Center LI516-542-0404
New York CityBarrier Free Living Inc.212-533-4358
Rising Ground800-621-4673
Womankind888-888-7702
Sanctuary for Families212-349-6009
Seamen's Society for Children718-447-7740
Urban Justice Center833-321-4387
Violence Intervention Program800-664-5880
NiagaraYWCA of Niagara Frontier716-433-6716
OneidaYWCA of the Mohawk Valley315-866-4120
OnondagaSalvation Army of Syracuse315-479-3651
Spanish Action League of Onondaga County315-466-4713
Vera House315-468-3260
OntarioFamily Counseling Service of the Finger Lakes, Inc.800-695-0390
OrangeFearless! Hudson Valley845-562-5340
OswegoOswego County Opportunities877-342-7618
OtsegoOpportunities of Otsego607-432-4855
PutnamPutnam/Northern Westchester Women's Resource Center845-628-2166
RensselaerUnity House of Troy518-272-2370
RocklandCenter for Safety & Change845-634-3344
SaratogaMechanicville Area Community Services Center518-664-4008
Wellspring518-584-8188
SchenectadyYWCA of Schenectady518-374-3386
SchoharieCatholic Charities of Schoharie County518-234-2231
SchuylerCatholic Charities of Chemung/Schuyler607-742-9629
SenecaSafe Harbors of the Finger Lakes800-247-7273
St. LawrenceRenewal House315-379-9845
SteubenArbor Development800-286-3407
SuffolkBrighter Tomorrows631-395-1800
ECLI-VIBES631-360-3606
L.I. Against Domestic Violence631-666-8833
SullivanFearless! Hudson Valley845-562-5340
TiogaA New Hope Center607-687-6866
TompkinsAdvocacy Center of Tompkins County607-277-5000
UlsterFamily of Woodstock845-679-2485
WarrenCatholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren, and Washington Counties518-793-9496
WashingtonCatholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren, and Washington Counties518-793-9496
WayneSurvivor Advocacy Center of the Finger Lakes800-456-1172
WestchesterHope's Door888-438-8700
My Sister's Place800-298-7233
Westchester County Office for Women914-995-5972
WyomingThis county can be served by programs in surrounding counties 
YatesSafe Harbors of the Finger Lakes800-247-7273

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