Built for Zero

Built for Zero Milestone Achieved

Excerpt from October 26th letter from Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness – Built for Zero Campaign

RE: Recognition of Progress in the Built for Zero Canada Campaign
On behalf of the Built for Zero Canada team, I want to recognize and congratulate you on the progress you have made thus far on your journey to end chronic homelessness! The first key milestone communities work to achieve is a Quality By-Name List. Durham Region has reached this goal!

Based on your most recent data submissions (July – September 2020), DurhamRegion has 3 consecutive months of reliable chronic By-Name List data! You have set your baseline as of September 2020. During that month you reported a total number of 52 people actively experiencing chronic homelessness in your community. This baseline will be used going forward to measure reductions in your total chronic active homelessness population. Having a quality ByName List means that your community now has the reliable real-time data necessary to inform improvement projects, monitor trends and progress to functional zero, optimize your Coordinated Access system, and advocate for resources based on concrete data.

Durham Region is a leading community, proving to others that achieving a Quality By-Name List is possible. As the 23rd community to reach this milestone, you are supporting the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness goal of having 50 Canadian communities achieve a Quality By-Name List by March 2023 in the journey to end chronic homelessness (as one of the first steps to ending all homelessness in Canada). Durham Region is now moving into the Reduce Cohort!

The Built for Zero Canada team is very excited to continue to support your work to reduce chronic homelessness and reach your functional zero goal!

What is Built for Zero?

The Region of Durham was invited to join the Built for Zero Canada (BFZ-C) campaign in July 2019. The Region was one of the nine communities selected from a pool of 16 candidates. The BFZ-C campaign is led by the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH).

The Mission of the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness is to prevent and end homelessness in Canada.
“Built for Zero Canada is an ambitious national change effort helping a core group of leading communities end chronic homelessness and veteran homelessness – a first step on the path to eliminating all homelessness in Canada.”

Work has been ongoing with housing and housing support providers, a range of community partners, and the Region of Durham to work towards ending chronic homelessness in Durham Region.
Coordinated Access and the By-Name List are key elements of a Built For Zero community.

Coordinated Access to Housing in Durham Region

Coordinated Access is a standardized way of connecting people experiencing homelessness to available resources. Coordinated Access assesses people’s housing-related needs, prioritizes them for resources, and links those in need to a range of services. Community Access Points are trained to identify and assess people who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. Access Points use a common intake and assessment tool to assess the needs of individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Access Points are also able to provide referrals to the By-Name List.

The By-Name List is a real-time list of all people experiencing homelessness. It allows communities to know every person experiencing homelessness by name, understand their unique needs, and prioritize them for the most appropriate and available housing resource. Individuals and families can be added to the By-Name List through intake and assessment at a Community Access Point that are listed below.

Durham achieved an 11/11 on our BNL Scorecard in June 2020. This means that Durham has implemented the steps needed to effectively operate our By-Name List. The next step is to track our data for three months, from July to October, to ensure it is reliable and accurate.

After three months, Built for Zero will set Durham’s baseline for chronic homelessness. We will then start tracking monthly trends against our baseline to measure progress towards ending chronic homelessness.

By-name List Eligibility and Access Points

Eligibility requirements for addition to the By-Name List include:

  • Experiencing homelessness for at least 14 days
  • Residing in Durham Region, or have a meaningful connection to Durham Region
  • Consent to participate
  • VI-SPDAT completed score

Ajax Community Centre
Durham Youth Services
Muslim Welfare Home
North House
Oshawa Mission United
Primary Care Outreach Program
The Refuge

A Coordinated Access Manual is being developed. Once completed we will look into creating a public version that can be shared with all the groups, community members, and on the Region of Durham website.

By-name List Referral Process

The By-Name List Referral Process Map outlines the process for agencies and Community Access Points who would like to refer an individual or family to the BNL. The Housing Provider By-Name List Process Map is for Housing Providers who have a vacancy and need to receive the top 3 names from the By-Name List.

We also have a new online form called the Durham Region By-Name List Vacancy Form. This is located on our website www.durham.ca/bnl under the first tab – “Homelessness Coordinated Access System & By-Name List”. If you are a Housing Provider and have a vacancy, please complete this form and the BNL Coordinator will follow-up with you and provide the top 3 names from the BNL. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Alyx Riddell at Alyxandra.Riddell@durham.ca.

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