Since 2018, the Rocket Community Fund has been a lead sponsor of Built for Zero, a national movement to measurably and equitably end homelessness. We believe, as do the more than 100 communities participating in Built for Zero, that ending homelessness is possible, but it means thinking differently about the problem.
The Built for Zero model requires communities to reorient their homelessness response systems with a more collaborative, data-driven approach that is focused on driving continual reductions. One of the hallmarks of Built for Zero is the simple recognition that every community is different. Homelessness in Detroit may look different from homelessness in Anchorage, which is why accurate, by-name data of individuals experiencing homelessness is so important for developing effective reduction strategies.
But just because homelessness may look different in two places doesn’t mean those communities can’t still learn from each other. That’s why Built for Zero hosts a twice-annual Learning Session where all participating communities are invited to come together, share best practices, workshop problems, get fresh ideas and celebrate the collective success of the movement.
Rocket Community Fund was honored to join the most recent Learning Session in Chicago, which was also the first in-person learning session since the COVID-19 pandemic began. While there, we met with other partners, connected with community leaders and learned from experts on the critical issues driving homelessness in America today. It was an inspiring and affirming event that reminded us that we all have a role to play in ending homelessness.
Check out the video below for a highlight of the Chicago Learning Session and what makes this event so special for Built for Zero communities and partners.