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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.

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 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

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?
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

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Spring 2021 Virtual Learning Session

May 18 – 20, 2021, from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. ET each day

Join us for the Spring Virtual Learning Session, where we will spend time with your cohorts and teams, reflecting on the past year and charting a course forward. Content will a combination of plenary and breakout-style sessions, with some time to meet and strategize your cohorts, and network with each other. We’ll think about upcoming transformations to center racial equity in everything that we do and create new paths forward for the next action cycle with the goal of ending homelessness for everyone.

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. 

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