The Rocket Community Fund is proud to be a lead sponsor of Built for Zero, a national movement to measurably and equitably end homelessness. Since joining the movement in 2018, our support has helped more than 100 Built for Zero communities across the country work toward driving reductions in homelessness by changing the way they respond to the problem with a more collaborative, data-driven approach.
We’re particularly proud of the work that we’ve been able to support in our home community of Detroit, where our investments have helped drive a 41% reduction in veteran homelessness over the last four years. However, we knew there was still more we could do. While we’ve had success, we believe everyone deserves a safe and secure place to call home, especially those who sacrificed to serve our country, and are committed to supporting Detroit on its mission toward “functional zero” for veteran homelessness.
One of the key values shared by both Rocket Community Fund and Built for Zero is the belief that there is always room for improvement. At Rocket Community Fund, being “Obsessed With Finding A Better Way” is one of our core ISMs, or company values. Likewise, the Built for Zero process is centered on using real-time data to rapidly test new ideas and understand if those efforts are working. This focus on finding new solutions led to a unique investment in May 2021.
Alongside The Home Depot Foundation, Rocket Community Fund made an investment to support the renovation of a transitional housing complex into permanent supportive housing for veterans. This project addressed an important need in Detroit by making more permanent housing accessible and decreasing long-term reliance on transitional housing. Over the last 18 months, teams have been hard at work on the renovation and we recently put the finishing touches on the project.
Rocket Community Fund commissioned the non-profit Humble Design to support us in the final stages of the project by renovating two large common area spaces that will be used by residents to rest, relax and gather with their peers. Humble Design provides fully furnished home interiors for individuals and families transitioning out of homelessness and was excited to join our mission, lending two of its talented designers to make the space feel as homey as possible.
Check out the video below to learn more about the project; how Rocket Community Fund, Built for Zero, and Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries collaborated to make it a success; and the amazing work of the Humble Design team to create a warm, dignified space for residents to enjoy.