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Submitted by Jake Maguire on

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.

Submitted by Beth Sandor on

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.

Submitted by Adam Gibbs on

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!

Submitted by Adam Gibbs on

Once a month, we bring you the story of an individual who has overcome obstacles to health, housing or employment. Today, we want to tell you about the progress being made across a whole community–– Fairfield County, CT–– which is working to end chronic homelessness.

(The county is part of the larger effort to end chronic homelessness across Connecticut, one of four states participating in our Zero: 2016 initiative.)

Here’s what’s happened so far in Fairfield County:

Submitted by Adam Gibbs on

“How many veterans need to be housed to reach functional zero?” This is one of the most common questions we encounter in our work with communities to end veteran homelessness. It also misses the point.

Submitted by Adam Gibbs on

Ruth, the mother of two adult children, has battled challenges throughout her life, including more than a decade of homelessness. She grew up in state care from the age of one until she was emancipated at 16. Over the past 10 years, she has struggled through frigid winters and bounced from place to place as she learned to survive on the streets in Rhode Island, one of four states participating in our Zero: 2016 initiative.

Submitted by Adam Gibbs on

This week, the Rockford/Boone/Winnebago continuum of care, a region of over 350,000 people in Northern Illinois, became the first community in the country to announce that it has achieved functional zero for veteran homelessness, a major accomplishment in the nationwide fight to end veteran homelessness.

Several other communities have already announced they have ended veteran homelessness. What makes this one is unique?

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