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Quicken Loans CEO Jay Farner and Community Solutions President Rosanne Haggerty at the Built for Zero Conference in Detroit
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This week nearly 600 people gathered in Detroit for the Built for Zero Conference and Learning Session, all on a journey to end homelessness in communities around the country.
 
The event brought together communities in the Built for Zero collaborative and 20,000 Homes Campaign, a partner campaign coordinated by the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness to help 20 Canadian communities end chronic homelessness by 2020.
Getting to Proof Points
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This article is excerpted from Getting to Proof Points: Key Learning from the First Three Years of Built for Zero. Click here to read the full report.
 
No community can end homelessness of any kind without comprehensive, real-time, person-specific data on the problem.
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Of course, we’re kidding (or are we…?), but it is true that a real-time, comprehensive, by-name list of everyone experiencing homelessness in a community is the essential first step to getting everyone housed.
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Julia Orlando is not interested in your excuses.

Talking on speaker phone from her office at the Bergen County Housing, Health and Human Services Center, she walks me through the work she and her team have undertaken over the last several years to tackle homelessness locally, first among veterans and more recently among those experiencing chronic— or long-term— homelessness.

Increased coordination: check. A countywide commitment to Housing First: check. Clear monthly performance targets: check. Real-time, person-specific data: check.

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This week, we officially announced that Riverside County, CA had become the first large community in the country to reach Functional Zero, our rigorous definition of a clear and measurable end to veteran homelessness. Our team has worked with Riverside since 2015 as part of our Built for Zero initiative.

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My interactions with communities, partners and funders in the work to end homelessness are typically energizing. I hear conversations that inspire and challenge me on a regular basis.

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Over the last 18 months, communities participating in our Zero: 2016 initiative have proven time and time again that, if the right people are at the table with the necessary tools for the job, no challenge is too great nor too complex to overcome. We’ve also made huge progress together: participating communities have helped more than 53,000 Americans leave homelessness for permanent housing, and four communities have ended veteran homelessness entirely!

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