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 70 U.S. communities are already working together, and at least 40 have driven reductions. Eleven 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
Veteran homelessness has been cut in half in Maricopa County, thanks to the team’s focus on data and collaboration.
“There are communities solving the problem, have ended chronic or veteran homelessness, and are seeing steady month over month reductions. But we are still in a world that is convinced this is not a solvable problem, despite the evidence, but with no clear endgame.”
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.