The Map

Built For Zero

A movement to measurably and equitably end homelessness

Built for Zero is a movement, a methodology, and proof of what is possible. Over 100 cities and counties have committed to measurably ending homelessness for entire populations. Using data, these communities have changed how local homeless response systems work and the impact they can achieve. Together, they are proving that we can build a future where homelessness is rare overall and brief when it occurs.

Communities in the Built for Zero movement are proving homelessness is solvable.

Experiencing homelessness is not just bad luck or individual circumstances, it is a systems problem.  | Video by Eido
This video was the product of insights and partnership with various experts who took time to review the content.
We would like to extend our appreciation to James Lee of James Lee & Associates, Tyra Thomas of Street Voices of Change and John Brady of Lived Experience Advisers.

Communities are participating in Built for Zero

These communities are dedicated to measurably and equitably ending homelessness.

They are building an equitable future where homelessness is rare and brief.

These communities are working to achieve and sustain functional zero.

communities have achieved functional zero for at least one population

Functional zero is a milestone that indicates that fewer people are experiencing homelessness than are routinely exiting homelessness at any given time.

It also helps communities understand if they are achieving racially equitable systems.

Functional zero is not a one time achievement, but a sustained reality.


Success is equitably moving toward zero.

communities have achieved a measurable reduction

Communities in Built for Zero have often described the shift in approach from responding to homelessness to ending it. Part of this work is making sure all their efforts are actually adding up to fewer people experiencing homelessness — also known as population-level reductions.

Large cities are proving what’s possible.

large cities are taking steps toward functional zero

These cities are making progress, while working to address the challenges of tight housing markets along the way.

Systems designed
to equitably get to zero.

Ensuring no one is left behind.

Ending homelessness begins by knowing each person experiencing homelessness by name, and designing racially equitable systems that account for every single person.

Our Partners

Our strategic partners bring their knowledge, relationships, and leverage to bear in support of the work of our communities. They are a critical piece of the puzzle, and we are deeply grateful for their contributions to support and sustain our work.

We all have a role to play.

We all have a role to play