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A Way Home for Tulsa Surpasses Goal of Housing 290 Homeless Veterans

Friday, January 22, 2016
A collaboration of 23 area agencies working to house and provide support services to those in need surpassed its goal of housing 290 homeless veterans last year.
Working as A Way Home for Tulsa, the agencies spearheaded Zero:2016 Tulsa, part of a national effort to end veteran and chronic homelessness.
The collaboration was able to house 298 veterans and 78 chronically homeless.

Connecticut Ends Chronic Veteran Homelessness, Reaching ‘Functional Zero,’ Advocates Say

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Following an eight-year stint with the U.S. Air Force in Southeast Asia in the 1970s, John Watts was a computer technician for the federal government for 16 years.
Now, at 68, Watts visits the Veterans Affairs Errera Community Center in West Haven every day, a place he calls his “lifeline.”
“This is where I received care, understanding and appreciation of me and my problems,” Watts said, and proudly added he has been sober for close to nine years.
Homeless Man in South Arlington

Arlington Reaches ‘Functional Zero’ for Veteran Homelessness in 2015

Friday, January 15, 2016
Officials report Arlington County has “achieved functional zero” one year after pledging to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015.
“This is a tremendous milestone for our community,” County Board Chair Libby Garvey said in a statement. “Committing to end veteran homelessness in 2015 and chronic homelessness in 2016 was a lot to bite off. But if any community could do it, we were confident it would be us.
Rosanne Haggerty

Meet the Woman Who Thinks She's Found the Solution to Ending Homelessness

Sunday, January 24, 2016
She may not be the most famous global figure attending the World Economic Forum's annual meeting, but Rosanne Haggerty is surely among the most ambitious.
Haggerty is the president and chief executive officer of Community Solutions, a nonprofit based in New York City, with one bold mission: ending homelessness in the United States.
Over the past year, Haggerty launched a nationwide campaign called Zero: 2016, a movement in 75 communities across the United States with the ambitious goal of ending veteran and chronic homelessness by the end of 201

Rockford lauded for ending homelessness among veterans

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Rockford is the first city in the nation to effectively end homelessness among local veterans.
So Says Zero: 2016. The city is one of 75 cities participating in Zero: 2016, which is tackling both homelessness among veterans and chronic homelessness.
Since June, the city has found housing for 73 veterans and has in place a system to house homeless veterans within a month. That helped the city reach "functional zero," a term first used in New Orleans.
Veteran moving into new home

Montgomery County Reaches ‘Functional Zero’ in Number of Homeless Veterans

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Montgomery County says it’s one of about 25 jurisdictions across the country to house or have housing available for all of its known homeless veterans.
The county’s Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday announced it has reached what’s called “functional zero” when it comes to the number of homeless veterans.
Homeless Veteran Cardboard Sign

All Washtenaw County wants for Christmas is apartments for homeless veterans

Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Like many of us, the folks at Washtenaw County have something on their Christmas wish list: 17 apartments to house 17 homeless veterans.
Andrea Plevek is with the county's Office of Community and Economic Development.
If she were writing a letter to Santa, "I think that we would ask Santa Claus to open the hearts and minds of the landlord community here in Washtenaw County," says Plevek.
The county hopes to reach its goal of zero homeless veterans by the end of 2015, but Plevek says the county can't do it alone.
Food Gatherers Truck

2015 a year of success for housing Ann Arbor's chronically homeless

Thursday, December 24, 2015
Before getting into supportive housing through Avalon Housing, Debra Fairburn, one of the many chronically homeless people in Ann Arbor who got off the streets this year, lived what she considered a precarious life.
She had been homeless off and on for years, sometimes sleeping in a tent outside and sometimes couch surfing.
"Sometimes the situations weren't safe, or there was drugs involved at those houses," she said. "I was a wanderer."
She begged for money on the side of the road. She was addicted to heroin.