What is Built for Zero?

Built for Zero is a national change effort working to help an array of committed communities end veteran and chronic homelessness, a.k.a. obtain functional zero.

Now we are welcoming Built for Zero to Duval, Clay and Nassau counties.

Coordinated by Community Solutions, this nationwide effort is focused on eradicating veteran and chronic homelessness through the practices of developing real time data on homelessness, optimizing local housing resources, tracking progress against monthly goals, and accelerating the spread of proven strategies.

What is Homelessness?

Homelessness is defined as:

An individual who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence; as well an individual who has a primary nighttime residence that is a supervised publicly or privately operated shelter designed to provide temporary living accommodations, an institution that provides a temporary residence for individuals intended to be institutionalized; or a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.

What is Functional Zero?

Functional Zero is the target goal for the Built for Zero initiative.

Community Solutions defines Functional Zero as:

At any point in time, the number of people experiencing homelessness in the community will be no greater than that community’s average monthly housing placement rate for those individuals.

For Duval, Clay and Nassau counties, this means our functional zero goal is 20. We hope to reach this goal by January 1st, 2020.

How do we reach Functional Zero?

Meeting our goal of functional zero by January 1st, 2020 means implementing strategies that have been proven to combat homelessness. 

These strategies include: 

  • Developing real time data on homelessness
  • Optimizing local housing resources 
  • Tracking progress against monthly goals 
  • Accelerating the spread of all other proven strategies

For more in-depth information on our game plan, visit Our Work.

How can you help?

Interested in finding homes for our veterans and getting involved with Built for Zero?

Visit Our Team to read more about volunteer opportunities and visit Our Progress to keep up with us as we work toward functional zero!