Bergen County is one of only three communities in the country that have reached functional zero for both chronic and veteran homelessness. It is a part of Built for Zero, a movement of more than more than 80 communities committed to measurably ending homelessness, one population at a time. The local team worked with Community Solutions from the days of its 100,000 Homes Campaign and then joined Built for Zero at its inception in 2015.
In August of 2016, Bergen County became the first community in the United States to end chronic homelessness. Six months later, Bergen County reached functional zero for veteran homelessness, demonstrating that there are fewer veterans experiencing homelessness than can be routinely housed within a month, which is five veterans in the community.
Joined Built for Zero
Bergen County joined Built for Zero, a national movement of more than 80 cities and counties committed to measurably ending homelessness.
Achieved quality by-name data (Veteran)
Bergen County built a comprehensive real-time, by-name list of all veterans experiencing homelessness in the community.
Achieved quality by-name data (Chronic)
Bergen County built a comprehensive real-time, by-name list of all single adults experiencing chronic homelessness in the community.
Achieved functional zero for chronic homelessness
Achieved functional zero for veteran homelessness
Homelessness is solvable.
Communities in the Built for Zero movement are proving it.