‘Built for Zero’ seeks end to homelessness


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El Paso County will pool resources and brainpower with several other Colorado communities in an initiative to end homelessness, nonprofit health plan Kaiser Permanente Colorado announced Nov. 7.

Built for Zero, a nationwide initiative led by the nonprofit Community Solutions, involves sharing resources between agencies, collecting comprehensive data and making targeted housing investments. 

Metro Denver joined Built for Zero in 2016. The new communities to sign on include El Paso, Fremont, Mesa, Pitkin, Garfield, Eagle, Larimer and Weld counties. They’re supported by the state’s Department of Local Affairs and Kaiser Permanente.

“We are excited to...build an action plan to get tangible results in our community,” Andy Barton, the president and CEO of Catholic Charities of Central Colorado, said in a statement. 

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