Sustaining Functional Zero

Learn how to sustain your progress, once you end homelessness for a population.

Functional Zero Case Studies

Prevent New Inflow

Prevent Veteran Inflow

  • Survey veterans assessed in the past 90 days and use data to discover the systems and services they touched previous to entering the homeless system.
  • Implement a simple tool to assess risk of homelessness for use in mental health clinics, VA hospitals and medical care, and prison or jail prior to exit; create a pathway to connect the individual with diversion resources within that non-homeless program or in the homeless system.

Prevent Chronic Inflow

  • For individuals with disabilities, provide support for securing SSI or SSDI.
  • Work with local and county affordable housing programs to create preferences or define eligibility in ways that prioritize CoC referrals of those who are at-risk of chronic homelessness.
  • Utilize available RRH resources paired with PHA resources to prevent people from entering chronic homelessness.
  • For individuals at risk of experiencing chronic homelessness, partner with PHA to create a homeless preference in which PHA takes prioritized referrals from the CoC for Section 8 vouchers.

Focus on Housing Retention

Strengthen Community-Based Service Networks

  • Use team-based approach for housing navigation and support, rather than assigning only one case manager.
  • Partner community mental health centers with housing providers to provide mental health care and housing to chronically homeless individuals and formerly homeless individuals with disabilities [Chronic]

Maintain a Sustainable System

Monitor and Respond to Change

  • When the political climate shifts, update organizational and community-wide practices and policies and procedures to ensure client safety.
  • Ensure the system you’re sustaining works for everyone by monitoring the system’s outcomes and assessing if they are racially equitable.