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:
- Access – Sites offering consistent, fair, and simplified access to the homeless response system
- Assessment – A tool designed to assess for the most appropriate linkage to housing & services
- Assignment – Process to link, prioritize and enroll households in homeless designated programs
Why Coordinated Entry System (CES)?
- 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.
- 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.
- Hearth Act Regulation mandate that ESG and CoC Programs must utilize Coordinated Entry.