Helping Communities End Homelessness

2021 Learnings from the Built for Zero Movement

1 — A SHARED AIM, AND A SYSTEM TO SUPPORT ACHIEVING IT, WERE THE LEADING REASONS COMMUNITIES REACHED ZERO.

In every city and county, there is an array of public agencies and nonprofit organizations working with those experiencing homelessness. We refer to this as the homeless response system. While these groups are often dedicated to providing excellent services for those they touch, they are not necessarily working together or with the goal of reducing overall homelessness across their region.

2 — COVID-19 POSED INCREDIBLE CHALLENGES AND ALSO INCREASED THE URGENCY TO END HOMELESSNESS.

In the words of one local Built for Zero leader, 2021 was both the best and worst time to work in homelessness.

3 — SUSTAINING FUNCTIONAL ZERO IS DIFFICULT, CRITICAL, AND POSSIBLE.

An end to homelessness is not a one-time finish line. It is a new standard that must be sustained.

Proof Point Communities

Fourteen communities in Built for Zero have achieved functional zero. Altogether, six million people live in communities that have ended homelessness for at least one population.

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