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Great questions. I am new to built for 0,
however from reading their summaries, it looks like your
concerns are founded, l look forward to being in error if they
are not just a rerun !
Wow are there really only 570 homeless in
Bakersfield? There are 3 times that amount even by point in time
counts, which are really not a meaningful way to determine who
needs a home, in Humboldt county ca.
On 5/13/2021 9:09 AM, Elise Aymer
Can you clarify the following, Tim?
1) Is Built for Zero, which was previously deployed in
Bakersfield, CA with MacArthur Foundation funding being
promoted for Portland?
2) Is it the case that Built for Zero has only helped 70
people in Bakerfield out of homelessness, yet in the meantime
the number of unhoused has ballooned to 570?
3) What are the flaws/problems with Built for Zero that
make it an ineffective and/or slow program?
4) How does Built for Zero tie into the Meiran quote and
the meeting you attended?
5) Is Built for Zero top-down and not designed with equity,
inclusion and the lived experiences of the houseless in mind?
6) What is the greater significance of the event today?
What might we do in attending? Is it an opportunity to
question the model? Is this event an important precursor to
bringing Built for Zero to Portland?
I am asking these questions for myself and for others on
the listserv because I think what you've posted is likely
important and so want to fully understand.
On Thu, May 13, 2021 at 11:18
AM Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...
thanks Andy, I agree.
I think you are getting that from this
Willamette Week article by Sophie Peel on Tuesday, which for
those who haven't seen is available at:
[Bcc: Sophie Peel - Sophie thanks again for this, please
feel free to join this list and join conversation here if
you would like].
I was in attendance at that (virtual) meeting,
it was pretty shocking -- for Portland, I'd note -- and
I sent this note in the meeting chat channel
to the panelists, ie all AHFE Coordinating Board members
present, just after Commissioner Meieran spoke:
"Formerly and not so far from houseless, Portland-born committed advocate here. I want to thank Commissioner Meieran, and say that she has *greatly* stood out among local officials and leaders in being willing to listen and participate with our houseless-centered advocacy group. We have felt treated with open contempt or general indifference by others here.
Sharon Meieran is my hero. If you agree with
what she is saying below, please post a comment
is a quote from the May 5th AHFE meeting:
“Sorry, my motto is speak your mind even if your
voice shakes, and I know my voice is shaking right
now. The way that we even have this conversation
is to me so disrespectful. We talk about having
difficult conversations, we talk about inclusion
and equity and respecting people, and what I find
is, we actually don’t have those difficult
conversations because certain voices and
perspectives are silenced or mocked or disregarded
for whatever reason. It does not actually feel
like a safe space in many ways, and in recognizing
that I’m privileged, I’m an elected official, that
I’m white, all of these things—and for me it
doesn’t feel safe. I can imagine it might not feel
safe for other people.”
recent story on Built For
Zero, in Next City:
"Bakersfield is the first
city in California to achieve functional
zero for any category, and Maguire says
that’s an important milestone in a state
with an infamously tough housing crisis.
“[Bakersfield] is not L.A.,
but it’s a decent-sized city combined with
a huge rural county,” Maguire says. “It’s
a large, complex geography in one of the
highest-cost states in America, with
conservative politicians and lots of
things that would make people say, ‘That’s
not the place to go solve homelessness.’
But actually, Bakersfield did it.”
One reason why Bakersfield
has had success in reducing its
chronically homeless population is because
the Housing Authority of the County of
Kern has committed time and resources to
helping. Heather Kimmel was leading Built
for Zero work at the California Veterans
Assistance Foundation before joining the
housing authority, where she now works as
assistant executive director. The Housing
Authority of the County of Kern has been
uniquely committed to serving people
experiencing homelessness for years,
Kimmel says, but more housing authorities
are starting to focus explicitly on the
“The link between the
housing authority’s resources and ending
homelessness is becoming more and more
clear,” Kimmel says. “A community can’t
effectively address homelessness without a
strong partnership with the housing
Sounds good, right? Solutions
with apologies, I find I
once again have a contrarian take... see
how the story went..How the
Chronic homeless reduced by
total, by PIT count,
increased by 570 people, 27%, in a year.
Perhaps better story is, why
we're hearing #BuiltForZero story, vs of
the less attention-deserving poor?
as I tweeted to story
author, editor, Next City co-founder
acquaintance, and #BuiltForZero program
head Jake Maguire.
Not so incidentally, I
recently watched Maguire present to
Portland area's homelessnes policy board,
A Home For Everyone. AHFE's Executive
Committee has basically preemptorily
adopted BuiltForZero's program and policy
guidance, with no public discussion, in a
manner and direction I find rather
problematic for multiple reasons.
TO THE PUBLIC: TACKLING
Join us for an event
featuring the book's authors and
Built for Zero leaders.
Online event today
10am PDT, 1pm EDT, featuring
#BuiltForZero program from Community
Solutions, and the well-known
founder of CS, Roseanne Haggerty.
You MUST register
** If any issues,
contact hosts Community Solutions
- I am not running this, won't be
able to help. **
Built For Zero is a
very significant program/org that
recently got huge funding boost from
the MacArthur Foundation.
They have a particular
approach to defining and achieving
"functional zero" homelessness for
target populations -- typically,
either chronic or veteran
webinar appears to be looking
especially at an "Public Interest
Technology," and features authors of
recent book on this. #BuiltForZero
is a key example discussed in the
From what I know and
can see, I really recommend this
webinar. If you haven't yet heard
about BuiltForZero in your
community, chances are you will
before long, and your officials /
agency heads have already. Including
recently in Portland, -- where
basically their program was adopted
straight out by A Home For Everyone,
Executive Committee, without public
discussion or consultation with the
Could be fine, great,
in outcome -- I don't know, I'm just
skeptical as usual, especially when
they didn't ask us our views on it.
Committee peremptorily chose
Community Solutions - seems like the
typical amusing ironic way of the
world, from my p.o.v., but who asked
my opinion on that anyway, ever? ;)
Thanks for your message!