Getting to Zero
Who We Are
Built for Zero Canada (BFZ-C) is an ambitious national change effort helping a core group of leading communities across the country end chronic homelessness and veteran homelessness – an important step on the path to eliminating all homelessness in Canada.
Built for Zero Canada was launched in 2019 after 38 communities housed 21,254 of Canada’s most vulnerable homeless population as part of the 20,000 Homes Campaign. To learn more, check out our introductory video.
We can end homelessness in Canada.
Our goal is to help a core group of leading communities end chronic and veteran homelessness – an important step on the path to eliminating all homelessness in Canada.
We can do this with Canadian communities by focusing our combined efforts on those Canadians in the most urgent need across a broad range of populations including youth, women, veterans, Indigenous Peoples and rough sleepers.
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.
To learn more about our method, check out these helpful videos:
- CAEH Functional Zero
- Solving Homelessness with Built for Zero
- Complex Social Challenges – More Like Birds Than Baseballs
In Canada, a growing number of Canadian cities are showing that with a focused effort homelessness can be reduced. Built for Zero Canada’s community partners are doing the hard work of ending homelessness.
View the map of all participating communities.
View the community milestone tracker in real-time.
Is it really possible to end homelessness?
We know it’s possible. It’s already been done! In Canada, Medicine Hat, Alberta was the first community to reach functional zero for Chronic Homelessness and London, Ontario was the first community to reach functional zero for Veteran Homelessness.
Check out the following announcements and case studies for more details:
In the US, fourteen 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. To learn more about the US Built for Zero and communities that have achieved functional zero on chronic homelessness visit the following link: https://community.solutions/built-for-zero.