Nevada County is in the last mile of functional zero for veteran homelessness – YubaNet

NEVADA COUNTY, California — Built for Zero announced that Nevada County, California is approaching the milestone of making veteran homelessness rare and brief in their community. With 21 homeless veterans on their list of names, the Nevada County Built for Zero team continues to improve their homeless response system in hopes of reaching this milestone, known as functional zero, In the coming months.

Nevada County’s David West with veterans

Ryan Gruver, director of the Nevada County Health and Human Services Agency, said“We are serious about reaching functional zero, and getting there will mean pulling together local, state, and national efforts and resources to help Nevada County’s homeless veterans. We are in a historic moment of resources, opportunity Everything from our data to our resources to our teamwork tells us that this goal is within reach.

In order to achieve functional zero, the community will continue to reduce the number of homeless veterans to three or less. To date, only 12 communities have been validated by Built for Zero to have achieved functional zero for veteran roaming. Bakersfield, California has reached functional zero for chronic homelessness. Functioning zero is a milestone that makes homelessness rare and brief and demonstrates that the community has fewer homeless veterans than can be routinely housed.

Nevada County Veterans Services Officer David West said: “Reaching functional zero is not just about a moment, but about establishing a new reality where veteran homelessness remains rare and brief when it occurs. We can do this, but we will also need the support of the community.

For the county, reaching functional zero for veterans is a first step toward ending homelessness for all populations. Built for Zero communities that have ended homelessness for one population are often able to apply those learnings to end homelessness for the next population – working systematically to end homelessness for all.

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Emma Beers, Head of Built for Zero Strategy, said: “This progress is the success of a community-wide effort, indicating that the community has created a coordinated, data-driven system that connects homeless veterans to the support they need to exit homelessness. soon after their identification. This milestone will help propel the system change work needed to end homelessness for all populations.


To achieve this progression to functional zero, Nevada County has designed an effective system based on ongoing community collaboration, real-time listing by name of all homeless people, and leveraging emergency COVID resources.

Nancy Baglietto, Executive Director of Foothill House of Hospitality, said, “Community and collaboration are absolutely essential to get this work done. Through better together, we work with our stakeholders to keep the community informed about our ever-growing and evolving partnerships, as well as ongoing projects and events aimed at ending homelessness. Our work with Built for Zero proves that homelessness can be solved and that we are indeed better together.

The community worked to connect organizations that provided services to homeless people. Once siloed, they now meet weekly for case conferences to discuss how to house people on their list of names.

A nominative list includes each person in a homeless community, updated in real time. This dynamic list directs community efforts in a targeted and personalized way to ensure that everyone in need is identified and can receive help.

Brendan Philips, Nevada County Housing Resource Manager, said: “My fear has always been that the data will start to dehumanize our work, but I can’t say more than that is further from the truth. The data also drove a lot more humanity into our system. Knowing every veteran by name and in real time has changed our ability to connect them to individual resources and get them out of homelessness faster.

Because the community had created a real-time name list, they were able to mobilize additional resources to create more housing options with COVID-19 funds and resources to measurably reduce veteran homelessness. .


In order to achieve functional zero, officials say owner engagement is essential.

Affordable rental housing options in Nevada County are limited, and those who have been or are at risk of homelessness have challenges that require additional support from landlords who rent to them.

Nevada County created the Landlord Liaison Program to bridge the gap between the homeless and landlords by offering guaranteed rent and master legging, financial incentives for landlords, money for repair and device replacement and a number to call for next day support.

Jennifer Price, CEO of AMI Housing, said: “Each additional housing unit helps us house and rehabilitate another local resident. Our Landlord Recruitment Program engages the community to be part of the solution, and we’re here to provide additional landlord support to help make that possible.

To learn more about the program, homeowners can call 530-878-5088 or email AMI Housing at [email protected]

Built for zero is a national initiative of more than 100 cities and counties committed to measurably and equitably ending homelessness, one population at a time. It’s run by Community Solutions, a non-profit organization working to end homelessness in a sustainable way, leaving no one behind. Using a data-driven methodology, these communities have changed how local homeless response systems work and the impact they can have. Learn more at or follow us on @BuiltforZero.

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