Built For Zero

Built for Zero is a methodology, a movement, and proof of what is possible. The movement 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 those 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, they 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.

The Regional Convening on Homelessness in the Denver metro area occurred March 18, 2021. The conversation focused on the role of local planning coordinated at a regional level on homelessness and maximizing resources. It also unveiled the Built for Zero framework as part of a regional effort to create reductions in homelessness. Jefferson County has made significant progress in standing up a Homeless Coordination Teams of which the City of Wheat Ridge is an active member. View the slide deck from the Regional Convening on Homelessness here: https://bit.ly/3lGqvdm

See the State of Homelessness Report for Metro-Denver here: https://www.mdhi.org/blog/annual-state-of-homelessness-released-1

Learn more about how Built For Zero works and how to get involved: https://www.joinbuiltforzero.org/

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