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National effort to end chronic homelessness includes Nipissing

Efforts are underway locally to end chronic homelessness by 2025. 

The District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board (DNSSAB) says the area has been accepted as a Built For Zero community, a national change effort, and will work with the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness to set goals to reach functional zero homelessness. 

Built For Zero Canada says functional zero is a dynamic milestone that indicates a community has solved homelessness for a population, with systems in place to ensure that if experienced it is rare, brief and permanently resolved. 

DNSSAB says it will be using a data-driven approach that focuses on optimizing local systems, accelerating the adoption of proven practices and driving continuous improvement to end chronic homelessness.

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Data will be coming from the ongoing, real-time By Name List of people experiencing homelessness, which matches supports and housing, along with the web-based, data-sharing Homeless Individuals and Families Information System. 

Officials say the data will allow partner agencies in the district to have a more accurate picture of the needs, service and housing gaps and barriers to be addressed.

According to Built for Zero Canada’s website, the effort was launched in 2019 after 38 communities housed over 21,000 of the country’s most vulnerable homeless population. 

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