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Colorado Public Radio News: Fremont County ‘Functionally Ends’ Veteran Homelessness

June 1, 2021

Fremont County, Colorado, has been recognized by a leading national initiative for eradicating homelessness among veterans. It’s the 12th U.S. community to meet the group’s top standard.

“Built for Zero,” an initiative led by the nonprofit Community Solutions, defines “functional zero” veteran homelessness as a community knowing each unhoused veteran by name and showing a demonstrated ability to keep that population smaller than their capability to house those people over the course of a month. In Fremont County, that number is three people. 

“This milestone brings Colorado one step closer to a future where homelessness is rare and brief, and no one gets left behind,” said Colorado Department of Local Affairs Executive Director Rick Garcia in a statement. “We are hopeful that this achievement will inspire other communities to adopt a similar approach, and build on these efforts for the benefit of everyone experiencing chronic homelessness.”