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.
These communities are dedicated to measurably and equitably ending homelessness.
These communities are working to achieve and sustain functional zero.
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.
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.
These cities are making progress, while working to address the challenges of tight housing markets along the way.
Ending homelessness begins by knowing each person experiencing homelessness by name, and designing racially equitable systems that account for every single person.
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.