Auressa Simmons is a Veteran Peer Coordinator at the Dept. of Veterans Services with the responsibility of navigating veterans who are currently experiencing homelessness through the housing process in New York City. Auressa works closest with the Patriot House Shelter (VOA) and the Tillary Street Women's Shelter as well as several Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) providers in the City to help Veterans seamlessly transition from shelter to permanent, quality, and appropriate housing.
Auressa has no prior military service, but is the spouse of Ronald Simmons, who has served in the U.S. Army Reserves for the past seven years. Ronald has served overseas in Iraq (2009) and Afghanistan (2011-2012) and plans on going Officer in the near future.
Prior to this position, Auressa worked with at-risk families, diligently serving to unite families that had been separated due to ACS involvement. Auressa has learned various therapy techniques such as Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Prolonged Exposure to name a few. These techniques come in to play daily when working with veterans through their socio-emotional needs, getting proper supports in place, and to establish and maintain stable housing.
Auressa received her undergraduate degree in Sociology at Hunter College CUNY in 2011 and is now pursuing her Masters in Social Work at Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College CUNY. This education continues to refine Auressa as a fearless advocate, fighting daily to achieve social justice and equality for marginalized populations.