OLYMPIA — Today, Olympia Mayoral Candidate Nathaniel Jones continued his call for bold change by announcing his commitment to make Olympia Built For Zero and to bring an end to homelessness as we know it.
“Olympians have been calling for this level of change,” Jones said. “So far, the baby steps we have taken keep too many people stuck on the streets. Towns our size, across America, have ended chronic homelessness through the Built For Zero model. We too can be Built For Zero, and with others, I will lead the effort to make Olympia the first place in the Pacific Northwest to join Built For Zero.”
Forty-one participating communities have turned the tide on homelessness, achieving results with proven strategies. In the past five years more than 110,000 individuals have moved from homelessness to housing in participating communities. It is innovation and a commitment to measurable results that makes the difference.
As Mayor, Jones will boldly advocate for the various member organizations in the Thurston Continuum of Care to join the Built For Zero movement. Built For Zero is a national effort of more than 70 communities working to end chronic and veteran homelessness. “Built for Zero engages the government, private and philanthropic sectors with accessible data and performance management while removing policy roadblocks. It works,” said Jones.
The movement has led diverse communities like Bergen County, New Jersey; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; and Rockford, Illinois to end chronic homelessness. More information is online at http://www.joinbuiltforzero.org.