Veterans Task Force

Co-Chairs: Julie Irwin | Alyson Zikmund


On October 18th the NYC Coalition on the Continuum of Care (CCoC) voted to establish a Veterans Task Force. The purpose of the NYC CCoC Veterans Task Force is to coordinate conversations and planning around ending homelessness among NYC veterans by the end of calendar year 2015. The charge of the task Veterans Task Force is to:

  1. Analyze the "Getting to Zero" gap analysis produced by the VA and create a community-wide plan to close gaps in services to homeless Veterans by leveraging and coordinating existing resources, particularly for Veterans who are deemed ineligible for VA services and benefits.
  2. Be a "home" for currently disparate conversations on ending veterans homelessness (e.g. CSH street homeless veterans task force, various HUD-VASH and other Boot Camp groups) to create a point-of-contact for forthcoming VA resources and to maximize participation in the 25 Cities campaign.
  3. Engage the eight SSVF grantees in NYC to coordinate homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing resources provided through the VA SSVF grant program.

Definition of Functional Zero for Homelessness in NYC

The Veterans Task Force is authorized through the end of December, 2015, and Alyson Zikmund and Julie Irwin will be co-chairing the group.


Accessing VA Services for Homeless Veterans (PDF)