We use the concept of “Functional Zero” to measure our progress in the fight against homelessness.
Under Functional Zero, success doesn’t mean that no one will become homeless ever again.
Instead, it means creating a systematic response that ensures a person’s experience of homelessness is rare, brief and doesn’t happen again.
Housing First and People First
Everyone deserves housing with no conditions attached. Nobody should have to prove they’re worthy of housing before receiving it. Finding a job, becoming sober or treating mental health challenges are not prerequisites to having a home.
This approach to homelessness is called “Housing First,” and we use it to guide our work.
Anyone can move directly into housing with the right supports. When people have housing first and their basic needs are met, it is possible for them to solve the issues that contributed to their experience of homelessness in the first place.