Nevada County Aims to End Veteran Homelessness by Veteran’s Day 2021
Nevada County is proud to announce participation in Built for Zero, a national initiative of more than 80 communities working to measurably end homelessness, one population at a time. Being added to the “last mile” cohort indicates that the community is close to measurably ending veteran homelessness, a milestone known as functional zero. Functional zero for veteran homelessness is achieved when a community has fewer veterans experiencing homelessness than can be routinely housed. The Continuum of Care and the County joined Built for Zero last year and have been working with their nationally recognized team to increase collaboration and services coordination as well as improve data on vulnerable County residents experiencing homelessness. “Our community has stepped up to address veteran homelessness by implementing best practices that are proven to work,” explained Nancy Baglietto, Executive Director of Hospitality House shelter and Board President of the Nevada County Continuum of Care. “Built for Zero helps ensure that systems are in place that when a veteran experiences homelessness in Nevada County, it will be both a rare and brief occurrence moving forward.”
Nevada County agencies represented on the Continuum of Care, including Hospitality House, AMI housing, Volunteers of America, Federal Veteran Administration Partners and Connecting Point 2-1-1, have committed to the shared goal of reaching this milestone by Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2021. Current data demonstrates that there are 28 known veterans who are experiencing homelessness. With additional resource and collaborative efforts, Nevada County is on pace to end homelessness for these and future local veterans.