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We can end homelessness!

a movement of communities
getting measurable results.

Built for Zero is a movement of more than 90 cities and counties working to solve homelessness, one population at a time.

Homelessness is a big and complex problem — but it is not one too big or complex to be solved. Video by Eido

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What is the Built for Zero Collaborative?

Built for Zero is a methodology, a movement, and proof of what is possible. The Collaborative is made up of more than 90 cities and counties that have committed to measurably ending homelessness, one population at a time. Using data, these communities have changed how local homeless response systems work and the impact they can achieve.

Fourteen of our communities have ended homelessness for a population by reaching a standard called functional zero. More than half of those cities and counties have achieved reductions in the number of people experiencing chronic and veteran homelessness.

Together, we are proving that moral courage, data-driven thinking, and a system-wide approach can build a future where homelessness is rare overall and brief when it occurs.

How It Works

Real-Time Data

Homelessness is constantly changing. You’ll start by building a comprehensive, real-time, by-name list of all single adults experiencing homelessness in your community.

Reduce to Zero

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution. You’ll learn the science of rapid cycle testing to find out what works to reduce homelessness and build equitable outcomes in your community.

Zero for All

Sustainability is the real end game. After reaching your first zero, you’ll focus on maintaining your progress as you expand your focus to new populations.

About BFZ

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Are you an individual interested in learning how your community can end homelessness?
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We are proud to announce that the MacArthur Foundation has awarded $100 million to accelerate the impact of Built for Zero.

Communities are already making change happen

Built for Zero Learning Session Fall 2021

Recap, slides, and recordings available now

Thanks to all who attended and participated!

You helped re-energize us, and we hope this Learning Session did the same for you. Thank you — we can’t wait to see what’s in store for the next six months and beyond.

BFZ Case Conferencing Summit 2020

From the Case Conferencing Summit

Case Conferencing Tool Bank

Action-oriented case conferencing can become the engine of your system to end homelessness. BFZ communities are using these tools to house clients faster, and by-name lists are reducing. What’s more, when you improve your case conferencing practice, you transform your team culture for mutual collaboration and support. 

Core partners

MacArthur Foundation
Rocket Mortgage