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Homelessness is solvable.
This is not a radical belief — we work with more than 80 cities and counties making it a reality every day.
We can create a future
where homelessness is never inevitable or a way of life.
Many communities are already on their way
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How we help communities end homelessness
Our work seeks to answer one urgent question: what will it take to create a lasting end to homelessness that leaves no one behind?
Built for Zero
More than 70 communities are demonstrating what is possible when homeless systems are designed to get to zero.
In order to end homelessness for good, we must understand how to prevent it.
Creating housing, faster
A social-impact investment model is solving for affordable housing challenges in a way that can be replicated by nearly any community.
ZERO IS A MINDSET, A METHODOLOGY,
AND A GROWING REALITY
Built for Zero is working to develop a roadmap for homeless response systems that addresses racial disparities. We believe that the same rigorous improvement techniques that have helped communities drive better outcomes across the general population can also help them surface and begin to dismantle the racism that pervades public systems.
We’re proud to be recognized as one of Fast Company’s most inspiring stories of the year. The magazine featured Built for Zero’s data-driven efforts to end homelessness.
Analysis on unemployment projects 40-45% increase in homelessness this year
Columbia University economist estimates 800,000 Americans could be experiencing homelessness by summer. “This is unprecedented,” Dr. Brendan O’Flaherty said. “No one living has seen an increase of 10% of unemployment in a month.”
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