VOA-Greater New York Awarded Over $30 Million to Operate Two Domestic Violence Shelters in the Bronx

Volunteers of America-Greater New York announced today that it has received over $30 million in funding over five years from the New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA) to take over and operate two Bronx domestic violence shelters currently run by HRA.

The Emergency Shelter, called Victory I, and the Tier II Transitional Shelter, called Victory II, will provide an array of comprehensive services including trauma-informed care, behavioral health counseling, housing placement, resilience strength training, employment and vocational counseling, health and wellness programs and on-site childcare for survivors of domestic violence and their families. VOA-Greater New York has also entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Montefiore Bronx Health Collective which will provide primary care and mental health services on-site.

Myung J. Lee, President and CEO of Volunteers of America-Greater New York, said, “In all of our domestic violence shelters, we work to ensure that survivors and their children have the tools and support they need to break the cycle of violence and live safely and independently in the community. Our therapeutic, healing environments go hand in hand with our trauma-focused model of care. We pride ourselves in using evidence-based practices that have proven track records in addressing the needs of these families. Volunteers of America-Greater New York embraces the entire family and works to help them overcome their trauma they have lived through. We are grateful to the New York City Human Resources Administration for this opportunity to expand our vitally important services in this arena.”

Victory I will have 120 emergency beds for domestic violence survivors, while Victory II will offer shelter to 30 families. Both shelters are in City-owned buildings and are expected to operate under Volunteers of America-Greater New York’s management starting January 1, 2021.

VOA-Greater New York has been a provider of domestic violence services for almost twenty years.

Emergency domestic violence shelters provide temporary housing and supportive services for up to 180 days for survivors and their families. Domestic Violence Tier II Shelters are transitional shelters aimed at preparing families for reintegration back to the community by addressing their traumatic experiences, strengthening their support system while supporting their progress towards healing.