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BFL Endorsed By OPDV As LGBTQ+ Inclusive

BFL Semi-Finalist NYC Imagine Awards DEIA Category

BFL CEO Cynthia Amodeo Featured on PIX11 News Story

Dr. Michelle S. Ballan Honored With National Crime Victims’ Service Building Knowledge Through Research Award

BFL Teams Celebrate Denim Day 2024 

BFL Names Diana Turner As Chief Program Officer

BFL’s Raise the Roof fundraiser 2023

BFL Featured on NYC Bus Kiosks

BFL CEO Cynthia Amodeo Part Of Special Victims Division Advisory Council

BFL Team Presents at New York State Office of Victim Services Conference 2023

BFL CEO Cynthia Amodeo Featured in CBS News Story

BFL Team Member Simone Allen 2023 Purple Ribbon Award Winner

BFL’s Supportive Housing Program Debuts Short Film About Services

Paul Feuerstein Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award

Paul B. Feuerstein, CEO/Founder of Barrier Free Living Announces Plan To Retire

Barrier Free Living 5th Annual Clothesline Project Event

Barrier Free Living Receives Most Innovative Services Purple Ribbon Award (PDF Available)

Barrier Free Living Awarded $6.9 Million For Freedom Village 

Barrier Free Living | 2022 National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Video (April 2022)


Barrier Free Living Receives Innovation in Victims Services Award (BFL Release April 2022)

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland Recognizes Individuals and Organizations for Service to Victims of Crime (April 2022)

2022 Crime Victims’ Services Awards Event Ceremony  (April 2022)

NYC High School Denim Day Fashion Show Benefits Barrier Free Living (April 2022)

BFL Team Members Present At International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Reimagining Justice (April 2022)

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Our History 


In 2021, Barrier Free Living (BFL) celebrated our 40th Anniversary with our 40 years of Firsts Event.

BFL began its ground-breaking work with people with disabilities as a Federally-funded Research and Demonstration Project first known as “Project Outward Bound.” Today, our teams work with survivors of domestic violence with disabilities at our programs: Freedom House, Secret Garden and BFL Apartments.

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Ribbon Cutting ceremony at Barrier Free Living’s supportive housing program in the Bronx, 2015.

BFL team members at City Hall Human Services rally, 2022

Barrier Free Living supportive housing program tenant-led garden club members, 2019.

Volunteers at a Barrier Free Living Thanksgiving event for survivors of domestic violence with disabilities, 2017.

Volunteers at Barrier Free Living’s Freedom House shelter Handprints of the Heart event.

Barrier Free Living Founder, President/CEO Paul Feuerstein, 2022.

Photo: Ribbon cutting ceremony at Barrier Free Living Apartments, 2015.




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