Steering Committee


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.

For more information on the Steering Committee, please see the NYC CoC Bylaws (.pdf).


Co-Chairs:

Kristen Mitchell (she/her) - Associate Commissioner, Homelessness Program Innovation & Intergovernmental Reporting, NYC Department of Social Services (DSS)

Howard Charton (he/him) - Director of Quality Assurance and Compliance, Breaking Ground

Tierra Labrada (she/her) - Associate Director of Advocacy, Supportive Housing Network of NY (SHNNY) 

Voting Members:

The 17 Steering Committee members are composed of two (2) at-large, four (4) coalition, four (4) government, four (4) persons with lived experience, and three (3) non-profit organization representatives. The members are elected for two-year, staggered terms. The Annual Election takes place in the fall of each year.


2022 Steering Committee Elections- Now Open!

The NYC Continuum of Care (NYC CoC) is now accepting applications for 8 of the 17 seats of the NYC CoC Steering Committee. Terms are for two years and will begin on January 1, 2022. Please note that applicants may only apply for one seat category. 

Applications are due November 17, 2022 by 5pm - Click Here to Apply!

Candidate Forum on November 29, 2022 from 10am - 12pm - Click Here to Register!

Available Seats:

  • One (1) At-Large member
  • Two (2) Coalition representatives
  • Two (2) Government representatives
  • One (1) Persons with Lived Experience General
  • One (1) Persons with Lived Experience Youth member
  • One (1) Non-profit organizations

Steering Committee Elections Timeline:

  • October 27 - Elections announced and application published
  • November 17 - Application deadline (5pm close)
  • November 21 (week of) - Election Eligibility Workgroup Convene
  • November 29 - Presentation of Candidates (virtual meeting)
  • November 30 - Voting ballot distributed
  • December 13 - Voting closed
  • December 19 - Results announced

Click here to download the Steering Committee Application (.pdf)

Click here to view and submit the Steering Committee Application on SurveyMonkey

If you have questions regarding the 2022 Elections contact Jonathan Martinez at Martinezjo@dss.nyc.gov