Fremont County, CO

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Community Name:
Colorado BoS Fremont County
Population:
Large (>250,000 people)
Type:
Serves a region of a town area
Functional Zero:
Veteran (Mar 2020)

Overview

Fremont County is a low-resourced, rural environment that operates as a sub-region of the Colorado Balance of State Continuum of Care. When the team joined Built for Zero, they had no case conferencing, no robust outreach strategy, and no staff for housing navigation. They faced into each of those challenges and proved none of these barriers were insurmountable to making progress.

The Fremont County Improvement Team

In February 2021, Fremont County reached functional zero for veteran homelessness, demonstrating that there are fewer veterans experiencing homelessness than can be routinely housed within a month, with a minimum threshold of three veterans.

By reaching functional zero for veteran homelessness, the community has proven it has built a system that can ensure homelessness is rare and brief, even if new veterans experience housing crises over time. The community is now focused on sustaining functional zero for veteran homelessness, while working to reach functional zero for chronic homelessness.

Fremont County’s Run Chart

As part of Built for Zero, Fremont County changed how its homeless response system works by adopting the core elements of the Built for Zero methodology: 

  • Building a unified regional team, or a “command center” around a shared aim of getting to functional zero.
  • Using real-time, person-specific data to know every veteran experiencing homelessness by name and target efforts and resources accordingly.
  • Using data to redesign Fremont County’s homeless response and strategically target resources.
Fremont County, Colorado, reached functional zero for veteran homelessness

“We felt like we could do it. We didn’t know how we were going to do it, but we knew this was something our community could achieve.”

Deidra Clement, Executive Director, Loaves and Fishes Ministries.


Key Milestones

September 2019

Joined Built for Zero

Fremont County joined Built for Zero, a national movement of more than 80 cities and counties committed to measurably ending homelessness.

Learn more about Built for Zero

February 2020

Achieved quality by-name data (Veteran)

Fremont County built a comprehensive real-time, by-name list of all veterans experiencing homelessness in the community.

Learn more about by-name data

February 2020

Achieved quality by-name data (Chronic)

Fremont County built a comprehensive real-time, by-name list of all single adults experiencing chronic homelessness in the community.

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February 2020

Achieved functional zero for veteran homelessness

Learn more about functional zero


Homelessness is solvable.

Communities in the Built for Zero movement are proving it.

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