Community Solutions helps communities adopt the best problem-solving tools from multiple sectors to end homelessness and the conditions that create it. We work upstream and downstream of homelessness by helping communities end it where it happens and improve the conditions of inequality that make it more likely to happen in the future, especially in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty.
Built for Zero (formerly Zero: 2016) is a rigorous national change effort working to help a core group of committed communities end veteran and chronic homelessness. Coordinated by Community Solutions, the national effort supports participants in developing real time data on homelessness, optimizing local housing resources, tracking progress against monthly goals, and accelerating the spread of proven strategies.
Roughly 84,000 Americans experience chronic homelessness on any given night, meaning they have been homeless for at least a year and suffer from a disabling health condition. Meanwhile, roughly 40,000 veterans are also homeless in the very country they fought to defend. These individuals face drastically reduced life expectancies and account for huge public costs in emergency service usage.
Building on the momentum of our 100,000 Homes Campaign, a national movement that helped communities find homes for 105,580 homeless Americans in four years, we are:
- Helping a committed group of U.S. communities do whatever it takes to end veteran and chronic homelessness
- Creating a national tipping point to prove that success is possible, ultimately motivating all communities to end chronic and veteran homelessness