Services and support for  survivors of domestic violence
with disabilities

About BFL

Learn more about Transitional Housing: a safe shelter for the activity daily living dependentTransitional Housing

After 28 years of operation, Barrier Free Living’s Transitional Housing program closed its doors on April 30, 2018. Barrier Free Living Founder, President/CEO Paul Feuerstein reflects on this ground-breaking program’s successes and challenges working with people with disabilities in New York City. Read his letter here. 

If you have a disability and are looking for reasonable accommodation at a DHS shelter use this form here.


Learn more about Barrier Free Living (BFL) Apartments: apartments and studos for disabled victim/survivor of DV BFL Apartments

Permanent homes for survivors of domestic violence with disabilities and veterans with disabilities. On site counseling, skill-building workshops and community events.

The complex is currently full. 



Meet Us

When Jennifer Davis took a leap to pursue social work, it was the voice of a Barrier Free Living resident that guided her… Read More


Deaf Services

Learn how BFL’s Deaf Services team works with survivors of domestic violence. Read More

Domestic Violence and Disabilities Issues and Solutions

4 times

Children and adults with disabilities are four times more likely to be abused then those without disabilities.


In the NYC metropolitan area, women with a disability earn on average nearly $9,000 less than women without disabilities, and $16,000 per year less than men without a disability.


The number of outreaches done by BFL’s Secret Garden team in 2018. The team also offered 2,339 face to face session to survivors of domestic violence.

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