Data Drives Results: Take Down Targets Help Communities Zero in on Ending Homelessness

The third of a three-part post from the Zero 2016 campaign: Part 1: A Housing System Built for Zero Part 2: Assessment and the Role of By-Name Lists Data Drives Results: Take Down Targets Help Communities Zero in on Ending Homelessness By Matthew Doherty and Beth Sandor In our shared mission to end homelessness, we […]

Published in Zero: 2016 on March 1, 2015.

A Housing System Built for Zero Part Two: Assessment and the Role of By-Name Lists

The second part of a three part post from the Zero 2016 campaign: A Housing System Built for Zero Part Two: Assessment and the Role of By-Name Lists Last month, many of the 71 communities participating in Zero:2016 launched their local participation during the federal Point-in-Time (PIT) Count. This annual count of sheltered and unsheltered […]

Published in Hampden County CoC, Zero: 2016 on February 23, 2015.

Zero 2016: A Housing System Built for Zero

Community Solutions, the entity behind the Zero 2016 campaign, is posting a three-part series on coordinated intake and assessment. The information is so critical to what we do that I am copying the posts in their entirety. Part one is below, and parts 2 and 3 will follow in the next several days. Part 1: […]

Published in Hampden County CoC, Zero: 2016 on February 20, 2015.

Message from (national) Zero 2016 leadership

As part of the FY 2016 budget, it was announced that the federal government’s goal of ending chronic homelessness nationwide has been pushed back one year to 2017. This announcement in no way affects our commitment to helping your community end chronic homelessness in the next two years. As a major sponsor of Zero: 2016, […]

Published in Zero: 2016 on February 4, 2015.

Here’s what a coordinated system looks like

Like the Hampden County CoC, Arlington, VA is a Zero 2016 Community.  But Arlington is ahead of us, because they participated in the 100,000 Homes campaign. The Washington Post describes the system they have put in place–and what we are working toward.  The full story is copied below: Arlington’s no-silos approach has housed hundreds of […]


Zero 2016: Adding Registry Week to the Point-in-Time Count

A key recommendation from the Zero 2016 campaign is that CoCs conduct a registry week, and they recommend combining it with the Point-in-time (PIT) Count.  While registry is a component of the Zero 2016 campaign, which Hampden County is participating in, it is also a best practice, recommended for all CoCs–so don’t stop reading if you are in […]


Here we go…we are ready for Zero!

We had our initial orientation call this week for the Ready for Zero campaign.,,gearing up for a big launch in January. A key first task we will accomplish during January through March 2015 will be using data to understand how many veterans and chronic homeless people we need to house each month in order to […]

Published in Hampden County CoC, Zero: 2016 on November 21, 2014.

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