Organization to celebrate end of veteran homelessness in Rockford

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The Rock River Homeless Coalition is planning to celebrate the end of veteran and chronic homelessness in Rockford, while working to become the first region in the country to end all homelessness.

The Coalition plans to host an ‘(815) to Zero’ event, part of the ‘Built for Zero’ movement, on August 23rd from 2pm to 4pm at Rockford University’s Regents Hall.

The City of Rockford became the first community in the national ‘Zero: 2016’ movement to effectively end homelessness among local veterans.

Rockford attained ‘functional zero’ when it comes to area veteran homelessness in 2015. Functional zero is reached when, at any point in time, the number of veterans experiencing literal homelessness, both on the streets and in shelters, is no greater than the city’s monthly veteran housing placement rate.

To remain at functional zero, Rockford must have no more than eight homeless veterans awaiting housing and any new homeless veteran housed within 30 days.

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