Defining Functional Zero: Philadelphia a step closer to ending veteran homelessness

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IN PHILADELPHIA, ZERO IS AND WILL ALWAYS BE ZERO.

Zero means that every veteran who is literally homeless will have the opportunity to find permanent housing. Zero also means that every Veteran who is at risk of homelessness will have the opportunity to prevent homelessness in their lives.  Veterans are “all persons who served in the armed forces, regardless of how long they served or the type of discharge they received.”

Philadelphia currently has the resources available to assist every homeless Veteran to find permanent housing.  Therefore, it is our goal that on or before November 11th, 2015, Philadelphia will find and offer housing to every Veteran experiencing homelessness.


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HOW DO WE DETERMINE THAT WE ARE AT ZERO?

  • If a homeless Veteran is not sheltered and not attached to a program, Philadelphia sends outreach workers and peer navigators to maintain regular contact to encourage them to come in and seek permanent housing.
  • Zero will be achieved when every homeless Veteran on our list is either “housed,” in a sheltered (transitional or emergency housing facility) awaiting permanent housing, has a permanent placement available to them or is unreachable after extraordinary means are used to reach them.

FINAL PROOF OF ZERO
TBD at the Point In Time Count in January 2016.

At that time, it is anticipated that there may be a small number of unsheltered Veterans in Philadelphia who are experiencing homelessness. There will always be a place available for them in a housing program should they choose to come in from the street. This small number of unsheltered Veterans PLUS the number of sheltered “homeless” Veterans who are in transitional or emergency housing will be the total number of homeless Veterans in Philadelphia.

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