Rockford, Winnebago & Boone Counties, IL

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Community Name:
Rockford/Winnebago, Boone Counties CoC
Population:
Large (>250,000 people)
Type:
Largely Suburban
Functional Zero:
Veteran (Feb 2016), Chronic (Sep 2016)

Overview

In January of 2017, Rockford became the first community in the United States to end both chronic and veteran homelessness. This journey began in December 2015, when Rockford reached functional zero for veteran homelessness, demonstrating that there are fewer veterans experiencing homelessness than can be routinely housed within a month.

By reaching functional zero for veteran and chronic homelessness, the community has proven it has built a system that can ensure homelessness is rare and brief, even if new people experience housing crises over time. As part of Built for Zero, Rockford changed how its homeless response system works by adopting the core elements of the Built for Zero methodology: 

  • Using real-time, person-specific data to know every person experiencing chronic homelessness or veteran experiencing homelessness by name and target efforts and resources accordingly
  • Building a unified regional team, or a “command center,” under one roof around a shared aim of getting to functional zero
  • Using data to redesign Rockford’s homeless response and strategically target resources 
A Growing Drive to Get Homelessness to Zero
New York Times

Key Milestones

December 2014

Joined Built for Zero

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

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January 2016

Achieved quality by-name data (Veteran)

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

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January 2016

Achieved functional zero for veteran homelessness

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August 2016

Achieved quality by-name data (Chronic)

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

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August 2016

Achieved functional zero for chronic homelessness

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May 2018

Achieved quality by-name data (All)

Rockford, Winnebago County, Boone County built a comprehensive real-time, by-name list of all in the community.

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Homelessness is solvable.

Communities in the Built for Zero movement are proving it.

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