- Cities: 2
- Counties: 1
- Total Population: 696,535
- Veteran (2019)
On July 2, Lake County, Illinois announced that they have reached functional zero and met federal benchmarks and criteria for ending veteran homelessness. They are the 11th community in the nation to reach Functional Zero on veteran or chronic homelessness.
By reaching this milestone, the suburban county north of Chicago created a local system that can house more veterans in a month than enter into homelessness. For them, this meant that they have less than 5 veterans actively experiencing homelessness, which is the average number of veterans the system can house in a month. In doing so, they have created an environment where homelessness is brief and permanently resolved when it occurs, and rare overall.