More than 80 communities are part of the movement to end homelessness for good, leaving no one behind.

Built for Zero is working to help cities, counties, and states of all kinds end homelessness, one population at a time.

Not part of a community organization working to end homelessness?
You can join our movement by supporting us financially or becoming an advocate.

Here’s how you can help.

Can your community become a part of Built for Zero?

In the coming enrollment cycles, we will bring in a strategic selection of communities to round out the cohort of 110 communities. We will assess each prospective community to see if it is a fit for enrollment. The Built for Zero initiative aims to generate proof that ending homelessness is possible in a variety of contexts, propelling the movement for ending homelessness up and over a tipping point. To that end, our team aims to ensure that the Built for Zero Collaborative represents a diversity of contexts and that Community Solutions can provide these communities the focused support they need to help them succeed.

Enrollment in Built for Zero

What specific requirements do you have for prospective communities?

  • Only organizations or agencies that are direct service providers are eligible to enroll in Built for Zero.
  • To be eligible to enroll, prospective communities must have their full Continuum of Care on board and participating in Built for Zero. This means that the following individuals must be on board and formally involved in the work: 1) the Collaborative Applicant 2) the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) lead, and/or 3) the Coordinated Entry Lead
  • We aren’t currently enrolling any sub-Balance of State or sub-statewide Continuums of Care into Built for Zero, because it’s ideal for communities to join as full CoCs rather than BoS sub-regions. Communities without the full support of their CoC have difficulty making progress in Built for Zero. Your CoC’s involvement will allow your team to make systems-level improvements, like generating new reports from your HMIS or making changes to broader policies. We’re aiming for big changes for your community, and we hope you are too.

What does a community need to succeed in Built for Zero?

Who from your community would need to be involved?

A Built for Zero improvement team is made up of multiple stakeholders within your community. The first key stakeholder is your Continuum of Care (CoC), the entity that is overseeing your coordinated homeless response system and data collection. Search for your local CoC.

The second key stakeholder is your local Veterans Affairs (VA) team. Leaders from your housing authority, or from city or county government, are optional, but they can really supercharge your efforts.

What do we need to succeed?

  • A clear, community-wide goal to reach functional zero for veterans and/or individuals experiencing chronic homelessness as a step toward ending homelessness for everyone. All Built for Zero communities agree to this simple, objective framework for measuring an end to homelessness.
  • A committed multi-agency team of leaders who can take ownership of setting goals and coordinate your systems improvement work. That team should include groups like your VA and your local Continuum of Care.
  • A lead coordinator and a data lead. These individuals don’t need to be formally in charge, but your team will need to give them the permission and responsibility to convene meetings, get the right people to the table, gather and manage your data, and drive your broader group of leaders forward. If no one is in these roles yet in your community, we’ll help you figure out who should occupy them.
  • Monthly data reporting and readiness to reach new data quality thresholds. Your first step in the Built for Zero Collaborative will be to build real-time, by-name data of all single adults experiencing homelessness in your community. This will give you a live picture of the shifting dynamics of homelessness in your system. Your team will begin using data in new ways by collecting and tracking by-name data on monthly inflow, outflow, and active homelessness.
  • Participation in the Built for Zero national peer support network, including two interactive Learning Sessions each year, where you will have the opportunity to learn from and spread ideas to other communities.

Our community meets this criteria. How can we inquire about enrollment?

What’s next?

Please complete the Built for Zero inquiry form, and one of our Built for Zero staff members will follow-up with you with next steps!

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