Zero Returns to Homelessness Explainer

A Collaborative Vision for Corrections, Housing Leaders, and Their Partners

Just as the “functional zero” concept is used to measure if a community has sustainably ended homelessness for a population, the concept of Zero Returns to Homelessness challenges states and communities to drive toward an ambitious goal: a future where all people have a safe, permanent place to call home upon reentering the community after incarceration. This brief explains the vision and concept of Zero Returns to Homelessness, a national initiative designed to help cross-systems partners build reentry housing systems that expand access to housing for people returning to their communities. Photo credit: Photo by Pixabay

Thomas Coyne, CSG Justice Center | April 2024 | The Council of State Governments Justice Center

Project Credits

Writing: Thomas Coyne, CSG Justice Center

Research: Thomas Coyne, CSG Justice Center

Advising: Charley Francis, CSG Justice Center

Editing: Darby Baham, CSG Justice Center

Design: Michael Bierman

Web Development: Yewande Ojo, CSG Justice Center

Public Affairs: Aisha Jamil and Sarah Kelley, CSG Justice Center

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Project Manager, Behavioral Health
Thomas Coyne provides technical assistance to jurisdictions addressing the housing needs of people with mental illnesses who are involved with the criminal justice system. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, he worked on health and housing policy with the
Health & Housing Integration team at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. He brings field experience from social work, having worked extensively with people who have serious mental illnesses in Washington, DC, as well as with families reuniting with their children from foster care in Michigan. Thomas earned his BS in criminal justice and BA in sociology from Madonna University and his MPP from the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University.
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