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Cañon City Daily Record: Built for Zero’s goal: End chronic, reoccurring homelessness in Fremont County

“While this number may seem overwhelming and the task daunting, we have just heard that it is possible and there are communities across the United States who have achieved functional zero – communities just like ours, just as rural as ours … I know if they can do it, we can do it if we really start working together."
  |  November 20, 2019

Ending chronic and reoccurring homelessness in the community is the goal of the newly-implemented Built for Zero community-driven collaboration that works to make homelessness rare, brief and non-reoccurring.

Fremont County was one of 85 communities nationwide selected to be part of this collaboration, and one of only five in Colorado selected for the initiative through a competitive application process.

During the last five years, 11 communities have reached “functional zero” for veteran and chronic homelessness, meaning the homelessness was rare, brief and one time for those populations. Two of those communities have reached “double zero” by ending both veteran and chronic homelessness. They’re now working to end youth and family homelessness.