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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

A Growing Drive to Get Homelessness to Zero

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
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.

Brownsville Got Spring-Ready During Neighborhood Rebuilding Day

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Brownsville got spring-ready thanks to Rebuilding Together NYC (RTNYC), Brownsville Partnership, Brownsville Community Justice Center and local residents. Approximately 200 volunteers gathered on Saturday, April 28 for RTNYC’s Spring Rebuilding Day which provided free home repairs for local families and upgrades of community spaces at the Brownsville and Tilden Houses and Van Dyke Park.

Built for Zero Tulsa surpasses 1,000 people housed in effort to stymie chronic, veteran homelessness

Friday, April 20, 2018
Pleased to settle into his new home Wednesday, William Gower first wanted nothing more than a refreshing shower.
 
There was no furniture yet to move around on the white-tiled floors of the one-bedroom apartment. But the 37-year-old had bedding materials and a pillow.
 
Most importantly, the space was his own.
 
“It’s been a struggle,” Gower said. “Maybe it’s a new start for me.
La Crosse group sets new goal to house veterans, chronically homeless people

La Crosse group sets new goal to house veterans, chronically homeless people

Monday, April 9, 2018
After a La Crosse-based collaboration met its goal of rapidly housing 10 homeless families, organizers are setting their sights on helping two new populations. The organization's newest goal is to house all veterans and chronically homeless people in our area. The "La Crosse Collaborative to End Homelessness" has a lot of local partners, but this time group leaders are teaming up with a national movement. At the beginning of January, the collaborative joined the "Built for Zero Movement" by the organization Community Solutions
Muriel Bowser Addressing Homelessness

Mayors Take the Fight for Affordable Housing to Capitol Hill

Monday, January 29, 2018
By one estimate, the number of homeless people living without shelter grew by 9 percent last year. More than half a million Americans experienced homelessness on a given night in 2017, sheltered or out on the streets. This alarming surge comes at a time when the Trump administration is threatening deep budget cuts for housing assistance.
 
A new coalition launched by Ed Lee, the late mayor of San Francisco, is taking action to address this crisis before it gets any worse.

How Field Catalysts Galvanize Social Change

Friday, October 13, 2017
When looking across the major social-change efforts of our time, the parabola of success sometimes arcs suddenly and steeply. Take, for example, the precipitous breakthrough in the global effort to eliminate malaria. Beginning in 1980, malaria’s worldwide death toll rose at a remorseless 3 percent annual rate. In 2004 alone, the pandemic claimed more than 1.8 million lives.

Four Principles that Can End Chronic Homelessness

Thursday, June 1, 2017
It didn’t ship homeless people out or lock them up. Bergen County embraced a national approach that puts the onus on communities to house their most vulnerable residents.
 
Bergen County, across the Hudson River from New York City, is the first community in the U.S. to end chronic homelessness. Its success is confirmed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S.

Urban Centers are Contested Territory in Fight to End Veteran Homelessness

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Veteran homelessness in D.C. is lower than it has ever been in the past decade. However — limited by space, housing affordability and benefit programs that draw more veterans to the region — the District has not been able to join the neighboring state of Virginia or Montgomery County, Maryland in sustaining “functional zero” for homeless vets.
 
The amount of veteran homelessness in D.C. has nearly halved from 667 people in 2008 to 350 people in 2016, based on annual Point-in-Time counts compiled by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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