Adult Homelessness - Built for Zero Initiative

Spokane County is one of 89 communities participating in Built for Zero

Our Work

Built for Zero : A movement of more than 80 cities and counties working to solve homelessness, one population at a time.

Built for Zero is a methodology, a movement, and proof of what is possible.  Spokane County United Way joined the collaborative which is made up of more than 80 cities and counties that have committed to measurably ending homelessness, one population at a time. Using data, communities have changed how local homeless response systems work and the impact they can achieve. Fourteen of the collaborative communities have ended homelessness for a population by reaching a standard called functional zero. More than half have achieved reductions in the number of people experiencing chronic and veteran homelessness.

The Built for Zero work expands on Spokane County United Way's Anchor Community Initiative work that focuses on our unhoused youth.



A community has achieved functional zero for veteran homelessness when there are fewer veterans experiencing homelessness than can be routinely housed in a month, with a minimum threshold of three.


A community has ended chronic homelessness when the number of people experiencing chronic homelessness is zero, or if not zero, than either three people or .1% of the total number of individuals reported in the most recent point-in-time count, whichever is greater.

Our Vision

Real-Time Data

Homelessness is constantly changing. Our first step is to build a comprehensive, real-time, by-name list of all single adults experiencing homelessness in Spokane County.

Reduce to Zero

There's no one-size-fits-all solution. Through working with partners we will test to find out what works to reduce homelessness and build equitable outcomes.

Zero for All

Sustainability is the real end game.