Getting to Zero

Built for Zero Canada (BFZ-C) is an ambitious national change effort helping a core group of leading communities end chronic homelessness and veteran homelessness – a first step on the path to eliminating all homelessness in Canada.

We Can End Homelessness

Our Method

Our structured, supportive and data-driven approach focuses on creating a sense of urgency, optimizing local homeless systems, accelerating the adoption of proven practices and driving continuous improvement.

We are focused on:

  • helping communities adopt proven practices, deploying existing resources more efficiently, and using real-time data, rapid cycle testing and human-centred design to improve performance;
  • engaging leadership from the government, private and philanthropic sectors in securing new resources for communities and removing policy roadblocks; and,
  • connecting communities to one another for innovation, knowledge capture and group problem solving.

Using the urgency of a campaign-style movement with a collaborative peer-learning approach, we use a mix of in-person and virtual learning sessions with expert faculty and action cycles with in-person and virtual coaching to walk communities through a structured process to achieving and sustaining functional zero on chronic homelessness.

We set key community milestones beginning with achieving a quality By-Name List to ensure reliable, real-time and consistent data from which to measure progress.  Once communities have a quality By-Name List, they can use that data to improve performance and reduce homelessness toward functional zero chronic homelessness.

Our Goal

Building on the momentum of our 20,000 Homes Campaign, our goal is to help a core group of leading communities end chronic and veteran homelessness – a first step on the path to eliminating all homelessness in Canada

By supporting a leading group of Canadian communities to end chronic and veteran homelessness and by focusing our efforts on those Canadians in the most urgent need across a broad range of populations (including youth, women, veterans, Indigenous Peoples and rough sleepers) we intend to prove that reversing the lethal trajectory of homelessness in Canada is possible by and to achieving rapid success.

The Movement

Is it really possible to end homelessness?

We know it’s possible. It’s already been done! In the US, three communities working with Community Solution’s Built for Zero have measurably and sustainably ended chronic homelessness, and more are on the path to get there.  Check out the following to learn more about the US Built for Zero and communities that have achieved functional zero on  chronic homelessness:

In Canada, a small but growing number of Canadian cities are showing that with a focused effort homelessness can be reduced.

You can review BFZ-C progress here.

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