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News Release
Council for the Homeless Annual Luncheon Highlights Progress and Promise of Built for Zero Initiative - 10/12/21

The Council for the Homeless 2021 “Making Home Possible” Luncheon is Thursday, October 
21. Please join us virtually at noon to learn how the Built for Zero initiative, led by Council for the 
Homeless, is changing the trend of homelessness for Veterans and people who have been 
homeless for a long time in Clark County. Attendees will learn about the successes the Built for 
Zero initiative has already achieved from Council for the Homeless and community leaders. 
Keynote speaker Shantae Smith, representing the nationwide Built for Zero efforts, will describe 
how Built for Zero works to reduce homelessness. 

The Built for Zero initiative was developed by the New York-based nonprofit, Community 
Solutions. It has created collaborations in communities across the country that have notably 
ended homelessness for specific populations. Clark County’s own Built for Zero initiative 
collaborations have already resulted in a “shift” in the efforts to end homelessness. 

The Making Home Possible luncheon will be a celebration of a year of accomplishments for 
Council for the Homeless. “The ongoing pandemic further underscores the value of our work 
coordinating among providers, increasing access to resources and creating connections for 
those who are in need of assistance.,” said Kate Budd, executive director. 

Council for the Homeless and partners formally joined the Built for Zero initiative in 2020. The 
keynote speaker for the luncheon, Shantae Smith, guided us through the partnership’s 
formation and helped create a roadmap for Built for Zero’s implementation. With more than 15 
local agencies working together on the Built for Zero initiative, local partners are collaboratively 
addressing Veteran and chronic homelessness first. 

“In the first six months of 2021, population specific groups have charted a downward shift in the 
number of homeless Veterans and people who are chronically unhoused in our community,” 
Budd said. “This means the number of people who are being housed within these specific 
populations is higher than the number of people identified in the same population as houseless. 
People who have lived on the streets for months and years are now living in stable, permanent 
housing thanks to this initiative and partners coming together. Our community is stronger 
because of Built for Zero.” 

Making Home Possible Luncheon 
Date and time: October 21, 2021, Noon-1PM 
Pre-register at 
No charge to attend 
All who register receive local restaurant coupons and are eligible for prize drawings held during 
the event. 

Learn more about Built for Zero 

About Council for the Homeless 
Council for the Homeless is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide community 
leadership, compelling advocacy, and practical solutions to prevent and end homelessness in 
Clark County, WA. 


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