The Rocket Community Fund is proud to be a lead supporter of Built for Zero, a national movement of nearly 90 communities working to end veteran and chronic homelessness. This important initiative, led by the nonprofit Community Solutions, is helping communities redefine what is possible in the movement to end homelessness and has led to remarkable outcomes nationwide. It’s no wonder that Community Solutions was recently recognized as the recipient of the MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change competition.
Recently, Built for Zero announced that Fremont County, Colorado has become the 12th community in the country to achieve functional zero for veteran homelessness. Functional zero is a dynamic measure for ending veteran homelessness and means that fewer veterans are experiencing homelessness than can be housed in a month. This enormous accomplishment was celebrated in a special video piece from Rocket Mortgage in partnership with HISTORY.
This achievement represents the collaborative efforts of the entire Fremont community, including a team of seven key partners: Solvista Health, Starpoint, Fremont County Department of Human Services, Fremont County Veteran Service Officer, Upper Arkansas Area Council of Government Housing Authority, the City of Canon City and Loaves and Fishes Ministries. The local team — as well as the Built for Zero work across the state of Colorado — is also supported by Kaiser Permanente.
Check out this press release from Built for Zero for full details of the announcement, as well as this case study that details the collective work of the Fremont County Built for Zero team and the unique challenges they faced on their journey to zero.