Our Approach

What will it take to end homelessness, so it is brief when it occurs and rarely experienced at all?


Throughout history, social change efforts have overcome some of the most daunting and pressing challenges facing populations — from ending malaria to realizing marriage equality. Our job is to answer one question: what will it take to end homelessness, so it is brief when it occurs and rarely experienced at all?

After coordinating the 100,000 Homes Campaign, Community Solutions launched Built For Zero, a network of cities and counties committed to driving to zero homelessness, beginning with chronic and veteran homelessness. Since then, it has grown into a movement of more than 80 communities in the United States driving reductions in homelessness and creating systems designed around getting to — or sustaining — zero.

We have helped communities drive these changes by raising the bar on how data is used in the sector. Using data-driven approaches, we are helping communities take a systems-wide approach to ending homelessness, innovating new housing models, and exploring how to disrupt homelessness from happening in the first place.

We work to propel the movement to end homelessness up and over a tipping point by bringing together problem solvers, solutions, and proof of what is possible.


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Built for Zero

Our network of more than 70 communities are demonstrating what is possible when systems are designed to get to zero.

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Moving Upstream

In order to end homelessness for good, we must understand how to prevent it.

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Creating housing, faster

A social-impact investment model is solving for affordable housing challenges in a way that can be replicated by nearly any community.

Communities across the country are refusing the unacceptable, and reducing and ending veteran homelessness.