The Tennessee Valley Coalition is redefining possibilities in the movement to end homelessness.
Built for Zero is a methodology, a movement, and proof of what’s possible. The movement consists of homeless providers within the 12-county region that have committed to measurably ending homelessness, one population at a time. Using data, our communities have changed how local homeless response systems work and the impact they can achieve.
Together, we are proving that moral courage, data-driven thinking, and a system-wide approach can build a future where homelessness is rare overall and brief when it occurs.
No single actor is fully accountable for ending homelessness in a community. Each local agency or program holds a small piece of the solution, but no one has an eye on how the pieces fit together.
Funders evaluate success on the performance of individual housing programs, not on whether a community collectively reduces homelessness. But single programs don’t get us to zero – whole communities do.
Housing supply paralysis. Expanded housing resources are crucial, but many cities have dramatically expanded housing supply without making a dent in homelessness. The reason? They never fixed the housing system.
A once-a-year count of a problem that changes nightly. Annual street counts are a snapshot; your community needs a video. Getting to zero takes the line of sight into how people move through your system over time.