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Broomfield Enterprise: Broomfield aims to help homeless vets

“Built for Zero is really founded in this notion that we can end homelessness,” Fletcher said. “While it’s a big challenge, it is not one that is unsolvable.”
  |  November 26, 2020

A coalition of Broomfield partners has joined Built for Zero — a collaborative effort that aims to end homelessness.

Marrton Dormish, minister of community outreach at the Refuge, said he heard about Built for Zero this summer and got connected with regional members in September.

So far the Broomfield sub group has representatives from essentially every stakeholder group in Broomfield, he said, including Broomfield Health and Human Services, workforce, Mental Health Partners, the city manager’s office, Broomfield FISH and Broomfield’s Emergency Operation Center. Clinica Family Health has also been invited since it serves Broomfield clients.

Ian Fletcher, who works with Community Solutions — an organization that leads the Built for Zero campaign nationally — said more than 80 communities across the country are participating in the work. He is the systems transformation advisor for the Metro Denver region, which Broomfield recently joined and includes seven counties in the area as part of the Metro Denver Continuum of Care — Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson.

Metro Denver has been participating as a region since 2015, he said, with a focus on veteran homelessness.

“Built for Zero is really founded in this notion that we can end homelessness,” Fletcher said. “While it’s a big challenge, it is not one that is unsolvable.”

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