Zero: 2016


Zero: 2016 is a national effort designed to help communities end chronic and veteran homelessness by the end of 2016. A Zero: 2016 Steering Committee has been established to coordinate the efforts of the initiative. This committee is working to engage current landlords, explore new resources and create a by-name prioritization list to match homeless persons with local housing units.


The Homeless Services Consortium (HSC) will lead the effort to end homelessness for 130 veterans by 2015, 135 chronically homeless by 2016, and 400 families by 2017. The Zero: 2016 effort will engage individuals who are homeless or formerly homeless, elected officials, housing and service providers, advocates, landlords, developers and funders. The Zero: 2016 effort will use the coordinated entry system, provide comprehensive wrap-around services, and make data driven decisions. After this is accomplished homelessness will be brief, rare and non-recurring.

By-Name List

In order for homeless persons to get on the housing priority list, a HSC agency must have entered information regarding their homeless history into WISP and have completed a Vulnerability Index & Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool (VI-SPDAT). The VI-SPDAT is a research-based screening, or triage tool designed to quickly assess the vulnerability of homeless persons and match them with the most appropriate support and housing interventions that are available. Homeless housing and service providers, as well as private property managers and landlords work together to determine what is needed to move homeless persons into stable housing.


Below are the latest versions of the VI-SPDAT for both single adults and families.


VI-SPDAT Singles 10.17

VI-SPDAT Families 10.17

If  you are completing a VI-SPDAT for a client new to Dane County homeless system [has not used shelter in the past 6 months] and sending the VI-SPDAT to Coordinated Entry, please also complete the Dane County CoC HMIS Assessment. This will give us additional information to help serve the client.

If you have questions about the VI-SPDAT, please read VI-SPDAT FAQs, visit the OrgCode Consulting, Inc. website for additional information, or download the Understanding Permanent Supportive Housing, Rapid Re-Housing, the Housing Prioritization List, and the VI-SPDAT Brochure.

To learn more about the referral process, please review the Dane CoC Coordinated Entry How-To Guide.


For additional information on Zero: 2016, please contact Linette Rhodes at or 608-261-9240.

If you are a homeless individual who would like to talk to someone about housing options, please contact the Housing Resource Line at 855-510-2323 option 8 or e-mail


Are you a landlord who is interested in helping end veteran homelessness in Dane County? With Madison’s low vacancy rate and shortage of affordable housing, our biggest challenge will be finding housing for those with the greatest needs. However, if 150 landlords were willing to provide 1 unit each, we could house all of Madison's homeless veterans and veteran families.

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