Steering Committee

Co-Chairs: Kristen MitchellAlyson Zikmund, and Jha'asryel-Akquil Bishop ('Bishop')

The NYC Continuum of Care (NYC CoC) Steering Committee provides overall leadership to ensure the CoC carries out its vision and meets all HUD mandates and requirements. The Steering Committee provides direction to, and coordinates the efforts of CoC Committees, approves and sets policy priorities, and communicates with the public and external stakeholders to build their understanding of homelessness and the solutions required to prevent and eradicate it. The Steering Committee votes on operation-focused and strategic matters, while all votes tied to funding decisions and ranking priorities are made by the Independent Review Team.

Homelessness reflects comprehensive, intersectional inequities across institutions and systems that disproportionately impact people of color. The NYC CoC Steering Committee is dedicated to proactively and authentically implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) practices throughout all aspects of the CoC, including Steering Committee membership and representation among CoC-funded agencies and their leadership structures.



Steering Committee 2022 Annual Election

The NYC CoC 2022 Annual Election is now underway. This year, there are 31 candidates running in the election, and 10 of the 17 seats of the Steering Committee are open. Terms are for two years and will begin on January 1, 2022. For more information on the Steering Committee, membership expectations and eligibility, and Election timeline, please read the "2022 Solicitation for Membership" document (.pdf).

Eligibile voters for the NYC CoC Steering Committee Election include:

  • One (1) vote per CoC-funded organization/sub-recepient
  • One (1) vote per Persons with Lived Experience voting member
  • One (1) per Youth Action Board member
  • One (1) per current Steering Committee member

To learn more about the 31 candidates, please view the Candidate Statements document.

The deadline for eligible voters to cast their ballot is on Wednesday, December 8, at 5 p.m. The CoC Team reached out to the eligible voters directly; however, if you believe you are eligible to vote, please email us at


Steering Committee Meeting Summaries

Summaries of the 2021 Steering Committee Meetings (.pdfs) can be referenced below in reverse chronological order:

Advisory Council

The Advisory Council has the purpose of aligning systems and stakeholders in the collaborative pursuit of creating solutions to homelessness. The Council will inform CoC membership of federal, state, and city policies, the operationalization of such policies, and their implications on the development and provision of housing and services for the homeless population in NYC. The Advisory Council will identify emergent needs, recommend best practices, support new initiatives, and provide the framework that ensures improvements and sustainable growth within the CoC. Other goals of the Council are to guide the Steering Committee on the formulation of an annual strategic plan and to review system performance. 

The Advisory Council of the NYC CoC is in the planning period of formation. Please stay tuned for more information to be released in 2022.