In the past year, the Central MS-500 CoC has joined the Built for Zero, or BFZ, movement, also referenced in Veal's article. (BFZ is the program that helped Open Doors Homeless Coalition on the Gulf Coast reach their goal of housing all homeless veterans.) BFZ drills down on the data gathered in the HMIS system and helps us develop strategies to address obstacles to getting people housed. But it also connects us to our peers in other states, so we can share ideas, celebrate breakthroughs and learn from one another's insights and mistakes.
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Tech has proven successful for Austin, TX, which could be due in part to a strategy informed by a blend of individual experiences and innovative solutions.
Additionally, the city is working toward, but not yet involved in, "Built for Zero," a national nonprofit's campaign to help cities use data to end chronic and veteran homelessness. Cities pay an annual fee of $10,000 and are provided with the tools to effectively meet and count every single homeless veteran and chronically homeless person, and eventually provide them with permanent housing.
The Gulf Coast program uses a combination of cohesiveness, strong partnerships and open communication within the community of care, along with Supportive Services for Veterans and Families.
The piece, shot by Friendly Films, was for Community Solutions/Built for Zero, Quicken Loans and the History Channel.
At least 180 people sleeping rough around Adelaide have found housing in the past 14 months, but more than 380 have become homeless over the same period.
The latest data will be revealed at a homelessness conference hosted by the Don Dunstan Foundation on Wednesday.
Foundation executive director David Pearson said the number of rough sleepers was tracked each month as part of the Adelaide Zero project and had reached 226 on any given night.
Residents are hoping for something nearly as improbable — for the food business hub to breathe life back into their economically depressed neighborhood, home to few businesses beyond convenience and package stores and take-out restaurants.
“We’re doing this in a neighborhood whose history is disinvestment, lack of access to resources,” said John Thomas, engagement coordinator for Community Solutions. “We see that this is an opportunity to recreate the economic engine that the factories of Hartford once served as in the neighborhoods.”
Because cities are the most trusted unit of government they have more latitude to push the boundaries and engage in the experimentation necessary to achieve breakthrough innovations.
And we're seeing evidence of this across the world, where more and more cities are innovating with intention to solve their biggest problems, which have previously been viewed as intractable. Take for example the challenge of homelessness, which is affecting cities across the world. With support from the Built for Zero program, three cities across the U.S. have ended homelessness through the application of proven strategies and real-time data.
In 2015, the City of Gulfport managed to get veteran homelessness to functional zero, which is the threshold demonstrating that veteran or chronic homelessness has ended. Mary Simons, executive director of the Open Door Homeless Coalition, said her group achieved this by partnering with Community Solutions' Built for Zero.
Niagara Region has been accepted as part of a national initiative working to end chronic homelessness.
Built for Zero Canada — a Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness initiative based on a successful U.S. program — announced Tuesday that Niagara has been accepted to be part of the collaborative.
"Our goal is to ultimately end homelessness. And that's a lofty goal, but a goal that we should be working toward," said Niagara Region Chair Jim Bradley while announcing Niagara's inclusion in the program.
“Lori has worked with community partners in our community to transform the local homeless-serving system in our community, moving from a silo approach to one of collaboration and a ‘no wrong door’ system, resulting in an overall reduction of chronic homelessness of 24 per cent,” Pettipiere stated.
Guelph-Wellington has reported 136 chronically homeless people as of March, which is a significant reduction from the 178 reported last September, the report notes.
Did veteran homelessness really come to an end in Lake County?
Veterans still find themselves without housing in the county, but through a collaborative effort between the Lake County Coalition for the Homeless, Lake County government and the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, officials say a safety net is in place to identify and provide help for any veteran calling the streets home.
Lake County became the second such designated community in the state — Rockford was first — and just the 10th community nationwide.