The Coordinated Entry System (CCES) for adults, youth, and families is built on a set of common components:
Coordination: Through regional collaboration, CCES maximizes the efficiency and effectiveness of resources, creating an integrated and sustainable response to homelessness.
Entry Point: There is no wrong door to the system regardless of population or point of entry. Outreach teams, crisis housing, and access centers can all serve as entry points.
Common Approach: All services are person-centered focused on the goal of permanent housing, and place minimal requirements on the participant.
Assessment: Population-appropriate questionnaires are used to triage a person’s needs to identify the services and housing that may be the best fit.
Information Sharing: The Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) database and regional collaborative meetings are used to eliminate duplication of services and coordinate resources.
Housing Navigation: Individuals/households are provided assistance in navigating the system toward their housing goals.
Linkage: Individuals/households are linked, or “matched,” to the best suited services and housing to address their unique needs.
Priortization: When housing resources are limited, individuals/households with the most severe needs are prioritized for the services and housing.
Housing Stabilization & Retention: Individuals/households receive short-term or indefinite supportive services to ensue experiences of homelessness rare, brief, and non-reoccurring.