Youth Committee/YHDP

In September of 2022, the CoC Youth Committee was integrated into the ongoing efforts of the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project (YHDP). This shift has allowed existing members of the Youth Committee to become more closely involved in YHDP, which currently represents the most significant area of work in the NYC CoC portfolio pertaining specifically to youth and young adults. 

Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP)

In September of 2021, New York City was awarded a $15 million grant through HUD’s Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP). This award was the result of an extensive application process involving the CoC Youth Action Board, city agencies, coalitions and non-profit service providers. Through a robust and collaborative planning process, the YHDP community accomplished two things:


OSH Resource & Research


OSH Steering Committee Co-Chairs 

  • Joe Westmacott, Streetwork Project Assistant Director, Safe Horizon 
  • Onyx Walker, co-chair, NYC Youth Action Board
  • Tracey Thorne, Director of RHY Services, NYC Department of Youth and Community Development

Membership & Meeting Information

The OSH Steering Committee seeks to have broad representation from young people with lived experience of homelessness, youth service providers, coalition members and government agencies. To learn more about becoming a committee member, or to learn more about the implementation of Opportunity Starts With a Home, contact Drushanie Sayroo at

Youth and Young Adult (YYA) Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) Workgroup: 

The YYA RRH Workgroup was created with the goal of supporting full integration into the CAPS system of all NYC RRH providers serving youth and young adults. The workgroup also strives to create a supportive network for YYA RRH providers to coordinate resources, learn and grow.

Co-Chair Contact Information

  • Karim Lewis, Rapid Re-housing Program Director, Rising Ground
  • Hugh Mulzac, Managing Program Director, Jericho Project

For more information on CoC Rapid Re-housing Programs that serve youth and young adults, click here to view the CoC Rapid Rehousing One-pager (.PDF)

For more information about the workgroup, contact Karim Lewis (, Hugh Mulzac ( or Adam Schreiber (