Urban Institute publishes study on value of achieving functional zero. Read more.
We can end homelessness!
a movement of communities
getting measurable results.
Built for Zero is a movement of more than 80 cities and counties working to solve homelessness, one population at a time.
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 80 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
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.
Are you an individual interested in learning how your community can end homelessness?
Here’s how you can help.
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
Many large communities with a high number of people experiencing homelessness across vast regions face challenges in achieving quality data and establishing coordinated systems that can drive measurable reductions in homelessness. One specific community — Metro Denver — demonstrated the effectiveness and efficiency of Built for Zero’s strategy through a sub-regional approach. Built for Zero […]
Spring 2021 Virtual Learning Session
Recordings and slides now available!
Thanks to all who attended the Spring 2021 Learning Session! Recordings and slides from the three days are now available, along with stories about the many milestones set and achieved by you — our incredible BFZ communities!
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.