In the new Fiscal Year 2016 budget, the City Council has issued $940,000 in discretionary funds to nonprofits serving veterans for its Veterans Services program. Another $150,000+ in discretionary funds allocated by individual City Council members have been issued to other organizations across the five boroughs for stated purposes related to veterans. MOVA has no official role in the expenditure or oversight of these funds, and agencies that may have no knowledge of veterans services may be assigned minimal oversight.
This amount is substantially increased from the $400,000 in discretionary funds that had been allocated for Veterans Services in Fiscal Year 2015. The NYC Veterans Alliance has, however, recommended increased and centralized oversight of these funds.
Below are the most recent posts, statements, and recommendations the NYC Veterans Alliance has made on this issue: