Together, we can achieve Functional Zero.
At the Thornburg Foundation, we use a policy- and partner-focused approach to affect change in our communities. To address homelessness, we are giving additional focus and support to organizations that work directly with people experiencing homelessness. Furthermore, we’re working with other funders and partners to create a coordinated strategy to achieve Functional Zero in Santa Fe by 2026.
What is Functional Zero?
This is a goal of ensuring homelessness is rare and brief. In the event someone does experience homelessness in Santa Fe, our goal is that there are ample, interconnected resources and service providers to help that person or family get housed. It’s based on a model that focuses on particularly high-risk populations (youth, families, veterans, etc.) first.
Santa Fe’s Path to Functional Zero by 2026
Coordinating a Community-Based Strategic Plan
Nonprofits, direct service providers, the government, and funders often pursue the same ends, but there’s often overlap in some areas and gaps in others. A key step is to co-create a strategic plan that serves as a North Star for all funders and partners to look to when addressing homelessness.
Advancing a Centralized Data System
In the Santa Fe Area, there are two primary data platforms used by providers. This leads to gaps in the housing support system that leave people more vulnerable to experiencing homelessness longer. Moving to a centralized by-name system will allow funders and partners to move quickly and accurately in times of need.