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We can end homelessness!
Join a movement of communities
getting measurable results.
What is the Built for Zero Collaborative?
Built for Zero is a movement to end homelessness across your entire community, leaving no one behind. Teams focus on chronic and veteran homelessness to learn what it takes to get to zero. Then, they scale their success to find homes for everyone. More than 80 U.S. communities are already working together, and at least 40 have driven reductions. Twelve have gotten all the way to zero for at least one group.
When you join Built for Zero, you’ll get support from a dedicated team of coaches at Community Solutions, internationally regarded experts, partners from key federal agencies, and successful peer communities across the country.
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.
Not a Built for Zero community? Here’s how you can help.
Communities are already making change happen
Built for Zero is working to develop a roadmap for homeless response systems that addresses racial disparities. We believe that the same rigorous improvement techniques that have helped communities drive better outcomes across the general population can also help them surface and begin to dismantle the racism that pervades public systems.
We’re proud to be recognized as one of Fast Company’s most inspiring stories of the year. The magazine featured Built for Zero’s data-driven efforts to end homelessness.
They are the 11th community in the country to reach this milestone demonstrating there are fewer veterans experiencing homelessness than can be routinely housed within a month.
NPR’S “PLANET MONEY” FEATURES BUILT FOR ZERO
The episode explores how Built for Zero communities are pioneering the use of real-time, individual-level data to change how they tackle homelessness — and the breakthrough results they have been able to achieve.