Coordinated entry is . . .
  • A client centered and uniform process for improving system-wide entry and referrals.
  • An intervention designed to provide more rapid and simplified access to housing.
  • A system which prioritizes limited resources to those who need it most.
  • A system using real-time and region-wide data to inform current and future services.
Process components include:
  1. Access – Sites offering consistent, fair, and simplified access to the homeless response system
  2. Assessment – A tool designed to assess for the most appropriate linkage to housing & services
  3. Assignment – Process to link, prioritize and enroll households in homeless designated programs
Why Coordinated Entry System (CES)?
  1. Opportunities for improved services:
    • Better knowledge and utilization of resources, matching services to needs of clients.
    • Increased equality and consistency of service assessment and referral process.
    • Improved data to help evaluate and improve project & system performance.
  2. Clients are at the center of the service delivery versus programs.
    • People can easily access the system from any one of various publicized locations.
    • Forms and processes are standardized and progressive.
    • Providers help to secure and stabilize persons in housing.
    • Assistance is just enough to achieve and maintain housing.
  3. Hearth Act Regulation mandate that ESG and CoC Programs must utilize Coordinated Entry.
Active Forms as of October 2021

If you need access to the form to request a referral from the NWCOC Coordinated Entry System email Priority List Manager Lori Anderson


Forms that have been retired as of October 2021

Current Manuals & Procedures


Agency & Staff Agreements




NWCoC Coordinated Entry System Training Series

  1. Dynamic Planning
    This training will help build upon why we have a system and how we look to the data to help understand where we have success and where we need to improve. 
  2. The “Why”
    This training will assist in understanding “why” we have a homeless response system and why we collaborate and work together across the region. 

    1. Video for NWCoC CES Training Dynamic Planning and The Why
    2. PowerPoint Slides for Dynamic Planning
    3. PowerPoint Slides for The Why
  3. System Overview
    This training will provide an overview of the NWCoC homeless response system and the key phrases of working with clients through the system. 
  4. The “How To”
    This will begin to take a deeper dive into the forms used for the system.

    1. Video for NWCoC CES Training System Overview and the How To
    2. PowerPoint Slides for the NWCoC CES Training System Overview and the How To


Past Policy & Procedures


HMIS CES webpage:

For information about the State of MN CES planning click here. To find contacts for other MN CoC regions, scroll to the bottom of the page under Contacts.

For information about the HUD CES requirements click here.