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 – a first step on the path to eliminating all homelessness in Canada.
We Can End Homelessness
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.
Building on the momentum of our 20,000 Homes Campaign, our goal is to help a core group of leading communities end chronic homelessness – a first step on the path to eliminating all homelessness in Canada
By supporting a leading group of Canadian communities to end chronic 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.
Is it really possible to end homelessness?
We know it’s possible. It’s already been done! In the US, three communities have measurably and sustainably ended chronic homelessness, and more are on the path to get there.
In Canada, a small but growing number of Canadian cities are showing that with a focused effort homelessness can be reduced.
The American communities have been working with Community Solution’s Built for Zero. You can find out more about the US Built for Zero by reading their report, Getting to Proof Points: Key Learning from the First Three Years of the Built for Zero Initiative.
You can also watch the following:
- What it takes to end chronic homelessness webinar – May 2017
- Communities that have ended chronic homelessness webinar – February 2018
- How Rockford, IL ended chronic homeless video
You can review BFZ-C progress here.