Recently, the Urban Institute researched the community-wide impacts of reaching functional zero homelessness in communities across the United States. The Institute conducted interviews and assessed data from four Built for Zero communities, an initiative led by Community Solutions, that have successfully reached the functional zero mark. Their key findings confirm that “achieving functional zero for a population yields benefits across the entire community, including individuals both within and outside the target population; the homelessness response system; other systems (like health care, criminal legal, and emergency systems); and the broader community”. Read more about their key findings here.
More than 89 communities across the U.S. are working to end homelessness through Built for Zero. So far, 14 have reached a functional zero.