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18 tweets showing why homelessness is solvable

We took to Twitter to ask about homelessness. Here’s what leaders in homelessness had to say.
  |  August 19, 2022

Homeless responders, people with lived experience, and staff shared their voices during the first-ever Built for Zero Twitter chat on Wednesday. This conversation centered around the topic of homelessness and how we can collectively work to solve it. What ensued was a Tweetstorm of brilliant insights with over 170 tweets using #BfZChat.

How do you or your organization help to make homelessness rare and brief in your community?

Baltimore, Maryland, joined Built for Zero in 2018 and has achieved quality, by-name data for both veteran and chronic homeless populations.

What do you wish people understood about homelessness? 

Tim Richter is the CEO of the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness, one of our international partners working to end chronic and veteran homelessness – a first step on the path to eliminating all homelessness in Canada.
Melville Trust is a strategic partner in our journey to end homelessness.

How do you know that homelessness is solvable?

Voices of people with lived experience are essential when creating homelessness solutions. They lend valuable insights into how we can fix the system.
Watt is the Strategy Lead for Community Solutions’s International and Large-Scale Change work.
Mayors and other elected officials play a critical role in helping communities measurably and equitably end homelessness.

In your opinion, what are some successful ways to improve the homeless response system?
Crisis UK is an international partner in the United Kingdom working to end homelessness.

Why are coordination and collaboration integral to ending homelessness? How does this look in your community?

Tackett is a homeless response leader in Nashville, Tennessee, and recently wrote a stellar article on the Built for Zero movement in her city.  
Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries is part of the Built for Zero effort to end homelessness in Detroit.
Rebuilding Together works closely with community residents and leaders to revitalize communities and help neighbors stay housed.

How do you currently use data to address homelessness in your community? Is it accurate and reliable?

Meier is the Program Manager at West Central Texas Council of Governments. His community of Abilene, Texas, has functionally ended homelessness for veteran and chronic populations.

How does your work ensure racially equitable outcomes in your efforts to end homelessness?

How can we ensure people with lived experience are part of the solution to ending homelessness?

Colorado is part of  a statewide movement to end homelessness with Built for Zero
Meier’s community of Abilene, Texas, is working to end homelessness for all populations.

Thank a homeless response leader in your community!

Be part of the conversation!

Join us for the next #BfZChat during World Homelessness Week (October 10-16). Follow us on Twitter for event details and more conversations about homelessness and how to solve it.