What Is Zero: 2016?
Zero: 2016 is an initiative to end Veteran and chronic homelessness in the next two years. It is led nationally by Community Solutions and locally by the Partnership for Strong Communities (PSC) and Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH).
In January, 40 Connecticut providers and 9 state and federal partners joined Governor Malloy in signing on to Zero: 2016. Of the 71 communities in Zero: 2016, Connecticut is one of only 4 states participating! Click here to learn more about Zero:2016.
What Are The Goals of Zero: 2016?
- End Veteran homelessness in Connecticut by the end of 2015
- End chronic homelessness in Connecticut by the end of 2016 (individuals experiencing chronic homelessness are those who have been homeless for a long time and have a disability)
March Update: Zero: 2016 CT Making Strides
Together, we are making progress in our efforts to reach our goal of ending chronic homelessness by the end of 2016. Over the past month, Connecticut’s Zero: 2016 effort has been focused on strengthening efforts to end chronic homelessness by aligning the statewide Zero: 2016 initiative with the work taking place in the state’s eight Coordinated Access Networks (CANs).
Our first step was to convene a Zero: 2016 Core Vision Team comprised of representatives from the CT Coalition to End Homelessness, Partnership for Strong Communities, Corporation for Supportive Housing, CT Department of Housing, CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Community Solutions and Rapid Results Institute. The Core Vision Team is tasked with providing technical assistance, working to remove barriers and identifying potential resources to further the effort.
The Core Vision Team then asked each CAN to select representatives to fill the following roles:
- Zero: 2016 Regional Leadership representative
- Zero: 2016 Regional Communications representative
- Zero: 2016 Regional Housing Captain
With this team in place, we’ve been able to move forward on several fronts:
- Zero: 2016 Regional Leadership met and provided feedback to the Core Vision Team on a variety of issues, including housing placement tracking, communications training needs and momentum building opportunities.
- The Zero: 2016 Regional Housing Captains came together as a group to discuss how to improve housing placement tracking and better utilize their by-name lists.
- The CT Department of Housing provided guidance to CANs, with input from the Core Vision Team, on how to streamline the by-name lists. This process enables CANs and the state to identify, organize and prioritize those most in need.
- Advocates from across all eight CANs attended advocacy days at the legislative office building in Hartford and shared their stories around ending homelessness and the necessity of continued funding in order to reach our goals.
The by-name list process is working and enables providers to identify, organize and prioritize those most in need while matching to appropriate services. While we have made progress, more needs to be done. With nine months to go, here is what comes next:
- Utilizing a refined data system inclusive of by-name lists, identify the number of most vulnerable chronically homeless across the state in order to target appropriate resources.
- Continue close collaboration with the CANs to track who has been housed and what housing resources remain.
- Invite national Zero: 2016 leaders to meet with CANs and providers across the state to further energize and mobilize our efforts.
While there is more work to do ahead, we are already making progress. Providers are working together in the CANs to house those in need. Those who are most vulnerable are being identified and provided with appropriate resources. And leaders across the state are working together towards a common goal.
For more information about Connecticut’s Zero: 2016 initiative, contact Sarah Fox (firstname.lastname@example.org).
How Can I Keep Up-to-Date on Zero: 2016 CT?
Keep an eye out for monthly Zero: 2016 CT updates in:
- CCEH's monthly newsletter
- PSC’s Reaching Out bi-monthly newsletter
- Getting to Zero Newsletters
June 2016 Momentum Report
June 2016 Data Report
July 2016 Momentum Report
July 2016 Data Report
August 2016 Data Report
September 2016 Momentum Report
September 2016 Data Report
October 2016 Data Report
November 2016 Data Report
December 2016 Data Report
January 2017 Data Report
Learn more about our Zero: 2016 work:
- How is zero being measured? Click here to learn more.
- What are communities doing to create a collaborative system to get to zero? Click here to learn more.
- How are communities assessing individual’s needs and matching resources to those needs? Click here to learn more.
- Click here to read the blog on Zero:2016 momentum building.
Working with landlords
- Landlord engagement webinar materials
- Community examples
- Landlord outreach and engagement strategies
- Landlord outreach and talking points
- Forms and templates
- HUD guidance
- Landlord engagement and recruitment deskbook
Check Out Our Zero: 2016 CT Partners
Click here to see a list of Zero: 2016 CT partners.
Questions? Want to Get Involved?
Contact Partnership for Strong Communities at email@example.com or 860-244-0066.
Last updated: October 27, 2017