Built for Zero communities are proving it. Learn 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
Case Study: Making significant reductions in veteran homelessness, Nevada County sets sights on functional zero
Nevada County, California, has rounded the final turn to enter the last mile on their path to ending veteran homelessness in their community. With 23 veterans experiencing homelessness on their by-name list, the Nevada County Built for Zero team is continuing to improve its homeless response system with the hopes of reaching functional zero in […]
Registration open for the fall Learning Session!
Join us Nov. 2-3 from 12 – 5 p.m. ET each day!
Over these two days, we’ll celebrate our successes over the past several months, hear about emerging strategies from our federal partners, build community within our movement, and continue our work with our cohorts.
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.