The Zero Returns to Homelessness Call to Action is a national movement at the cutting edge of reentry and housing. Led by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Program’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, this project will equip states and communities nationwide with the tools they need to ensure that people returning from incarceration have safe and stable housing. The call to action also supports and unifies several high priority federal strategic initiatives, including the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness’ All In: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness and HUD’s efforts to reduce criminal record-related barriers to housing, as well as the ongoing priority focus on reentry housing work supported by BJA through the Second Chance Act, such as helping communities transform their state, Tribal, and local systems to incentivize the use of evidence-based housing interventions.


About BJA

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) provides a wide range of resources that include training and technical assistance to law enforcement, courts, corrections, treatment, reentry, justice information sharing, and community-based partners in an effort to address the chronic and emerging criminal justice challenges nationwide. By working with America’s state, local, and Tribal governments, as well as nonprofit organizations, BJA aims to reduce crime, recidivism, and unnecessary confinement by providing leadership and services in grant administration and criminal justice policy development.   


About HUD

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is the federal agency responsible for national policy and programs that address America’s housing needs, that improve and develop the Nation’s communities, and enforce fair housing laws. HUD’s business is helping create a decent home and suitable living environment for all Americans, and it has given America’s communities a strong national voice at the Cabinet level. HUD plays a major role in supporting homeownership by underwriting homeownership for lower- and moderate-income families through its mortgage insurance programs. 


About the CSG Justice Center

The CSG Justice Center is a national, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that combines the power of a membership association, representing state officials in all three branches of government, with policy and research expertise to develop strategies that increase public safety and strengthen communities. 


This project was supported by Grant No. 2020-CZ-BX-K001 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the SMART Office. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.