Bergen County, New Jersey

Map of Bergen County Area

Coverage Area

  • Counties: 1
  • Total Population: 932,202

Functional Zero

  • Chronic (2016) 
  • Veteran (2017) 

Learn how Bergen County reached functional zero, and the story of one veteran whose life was changed.


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.

ulia Orlando, Director of Bergen County Housing, Health and Human Services Center

“Once you’ve ended homelessness for one group, nothing seems impossible.”

Julia Orlando, director of the Bergen County Housing, Health and Human Services Center and Built for Zero community lead in Bergen County.
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