In 2019, Abilene, Texas announced that they have reached functional zero for veteran homelessness. They became the fastest community to achieve functional zero, Built for Zero’s standard for measuring an end to homelessness, just 10 months after joining the movement.
Built for Zero communities like Abilene, Texas have made a commitment to ensuring that homelessness is a brief experience when it occurs for any veteran in their city — and never a sustained or defining part of someone’s life. They achieved functional zero by:
- Creating a by-name list that accounts for every veteran experiencing homelessness in the area
- Bringing every agency working on homelessness together around the shared aim of ending veteran homelessness.
- Testing new ideas as a team. The shared accountability created through the command center “keeps people coming back,” said John Meier, a program manager at the West Central Texas Regional Foundation.