Much of the work of the NYC Continuum of Care (NYC CoC) takes place in the context of committees. The NYC CoC has a number of committees and special focus groups that work to move the mission of the CoC forward in areas ranging from evaluation and performance improvement, to coordinated entry and increased compliance with HUD benchmarks. A list of all NYC CoC committees can be found below. Descriptions for each committee, as well as the contact info for committee co-chairs, can be found by clicking the name of the committee.
We welcome members of the community to join any of the following open committees. For more information about committee membership please reach out to the respective committee chair.
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Co-Chair: Linda Camoin, Vacant
The Governance Committee examines the overall governance of the NYC CoC with the goal of improving its structure and operations. The committee addresses issues related to defining membership, establishing coalition guidelines and structures for consumer participation, ensuring Strategic Action Plan items have formal mechanisms for advancing, and more.
The composition of this committee typically includes at least:
The Data Management Committee provides oversight to the CoC on compliance with HMIS standards as set by HUD and the NYC CoC. The tasks of this committee include promoting program participation in HMIS, establishing CoC data policies and procedures, monitoring overall data quality, and providing guidance to CoC projects on data accuracy, completeness, and quality enhancement. The committee meets monthly. To learn more about some of the work the committee has undertaken, view our HMIS Policies and Procedures presentation.
The Evaluation Committee is responsible for overseeing the annual project evaluation process of the CoC in accordance with HUD and NOFA guidelines, including design and implementation of key measurement indicators to best monitor project performance outcomes while balancing HUD and NYC local priorities. It is comprised of a diverse range of homeless housing providers, consumers, government funders, and at-large members that are committed to the goal of NYC becoming a "HUD High-Performing" Continuum long-term. The Evaluation Committee meets roughly 4-6 times per year, typically leading up to the start of the annual evaluation, and then post-evaluation to debrief and plan for the following year.
Performance and Quality Improvement
The Performance and Quality Improvement (PQI) Committee is responsible for oversight in identifying and assisting low performing projects funded by the NYC CoC. The PQI Committee works to improve individual program performance, improve the overall performance of the NYC CoC, and align funding so that the CoC supports the strongest programs that best achieve HUD performance goals and meet consumer needs. The PQI Committee meets monthly.
Persons with Lived Experience
Persons with Lived Experience Committee (PWLEx) is comprised of currently or formerly homeless individuals in NYC and serves as the voice of representation and advocacy on behalf of those who experience homelessness. The committee participates in the decision-making process of the NYC CoC's Steering Committee through the eight elected representatives. Persons with lived experience offer a valuable perspective through their active participation across the CoC and its various committees. The PWLEx Committee meets monthly.
Coordinated Assessment and Placement System Steering Committee
The Coordinated Assessment and Placement System (CAPS) Steering Committee is the policy entity responsible for planning, implementing and monitoring the HUD-mandated coordinated entry system for people experiencing homelessness in New York City. Coordinated entry is a comprehensive assessment and placement system that matches people experiencing homelessness to permanent housing placements that best suit their unique needs. The CAPS Steering Committee is made up of members from city and state government, the nonprofit housing and shelter provider community, persons with lived experience, and policy and advocacy organizations. The committee meets monthly to plan and implement Coordinated Entry development city-wide, assess efficiency of the existing tools and build stakeholder consensus.
Co-Chair: Vacant, Vacant
The Income Access Committee is responsible for coordinating resources and opportunities for programs to increase income for clients. This committee is supported, in part, through the activities of the following established entities:
SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery, known as SOAR is a national program designed to increase access to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) for eligible adults who are experiencing or are at risk of homelessness, and have a mental illness, medical impairment, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder.
The SOAR Task Workgroup partners with community-based organizations and other partners to spread awareness about SOAR. The task force works in conjunction with the SOAR Technical Assistance Center to promote the training of case managers in the SOAR methodology to assist eligible individuals in applying for and receiving SSI and SSDI.
Co-Chair: Jeffery Seward
The Grievance Committee arbitrates issues of concern amongst the NYC CoC and ensures there is a fair and accessible process for filing a grievance. The committee convenes as needed, such as when a written grievance has been filed with the Steering Committee. Members make a recommendation about the grievance to the committee Co-Chairs who render that decision to the Steering Committee. The decision of the Co-Chairs is considered binding and final.
Youth Action Board
Co-Chairs: Skye Adrian, Vacant
The Youth Action Board (YAB) consults the CCoC on policy making decisions related to preventing and ending youth homelessness, matters relating to the Youth NOFA application, and development of the Coordinated Community Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. At least two-thirds of YAB members are currently or formerly homeless, and all members have been formerly homeless, are currently residing in a shelter, or are residing in other unstable housing. The YAB is made up of members under the age of 25 and are granted membership on the NYC CoC Youth Committee.
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Veterans Task Force
Co-Chairs: Nicole Branca, Adam Wawrynek
The Veterans Task Force is charged with creating a community-wide plan to close gaps in services to homeless veterans based on the "Getting to Zero" gap analysis produced by the VA. The task force will coordinate veteran homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing by engaging NYC SSVF grantees, as well as leveraging and coordinating existing resources, particularly for veterans deemed ineligible for VA services and benefits.
The Youth Committee is a broad group of housing providers, advocates, and government representatives that meets monthly to discuss youth-specific topics as related to the activities of the CCoC and HUD. Members of the Youth Committee help to infuse best practices of working with youth into the broader CoC as well as promote funding opportunities for new organizations to adopt youth-focused housing interventions such as Rapid Rehousing.