A Growing Drive to Get Homelessness to Zero

Angie Walker, the housing advocate for Rockford, Ill, with a homeless man at the city’s bus station.CreditKayli Plotner for The Rockford Register Star
June 5, 2018
By David Bornstein
If you’re eager to be reminded that humane and inspiring civic leadership still exists, read on. Over the past three years, nine communities in the United States have reached a rigorous standard known as “functional zero” for either veteran or chronic homelessness — a standard that indicates that homelessness is rare and much briefer than in the past for their populations — and 37 others have accomplished measurable reductions toward that goal.
 
What’s illuminating is how they’re doing it: by making whole systems smarter.