Built for Zero Strategies

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

These strategies include: 

  • Developing and analyzing real-time data on homelessness
  • Optimizing local housing resources 
  • Tracking progress against monthly goals 
  • Accelerating the spread of all other proven strategies
Help us in our effort to end veteran homelessness.

Important Definitions to Remember:

  1. Homelessness: An individual who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence; as well as an individual who has a primary nighttime residence that is supervised publicly or privately operated shelter designed to proved 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.
  2. Functional Zero: 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.
  3. Coordinated Entry: The standardization of the entry process for individuals and families at risk of or experiencing homelessness to ensure quick and easy access.
  4. By-Name List: A real-time, up-to-date of all people experiencing homelessness which can be sorted or filtered by categories, and shared across agencies. The By-Name list is generated with data from the CoC, VA, and other community agencies working to end veteran homelessness.

Developing real time data on homelessness

Watch this video from Community Solutions’ national Built for Zero chapter to learn more about the importance of data in our goal toward functional zero!