We did it!
In January 2015 Arlington, along with 74 other communities nationwide, formally committed to ending veteran homelessness by the end of the year. Twelve months later it’s “mission accomplished,” as Arlington moved 20 homeless military veterans from the streets and shelters into permanent, stable housing and achieved functional zero for veteran homelessness in 2015.
About Zero: 2016
Arlington County was one of 71 communities selected to participate in Zero: 2016, a national campaign to end veteran and chronic homelessness in the next two years. The initiative is a rigorous follow-on to the 100 Homes Campaign, which helped Arlington house 100 chronically homeless residents in under three years. “Being selected to participate in Zero: 2016 is a tribute to the success we had in 100 Homes and will help us maintain momentum in the effort to end homelessness in our community,” said County Board Member Walter
Tejada, who co-chairs Arlington’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness, a broad-based community effort that seeks to ensure that no individual or family living in Arlington shall lack access to decent, affordable housing.
Arlington’s effort will be supported by Community Solutions, a national nonprofit based in New York City. The organization will work with Arlington to meet the federal goals set by President Obama to end veteran homelessness by December 2015 and
chronic homelessness by December 2016.
The initiative formally launches in January 2015, when County staff, non-profit staff and community volunteers will walk the streets from sunset January 28 to sunrise January 29 to find and identify every person sleeping outside. We will then use this list to match people to the best available housing assistance to fit their individual circumstances, prioritizing the most vulnerable people for the first available help.