What is Coordinated Entry?
- “A centralized process designed to coordinate program participant intake, assessment, and provision of referrals.”
- “A centralized or coordinated system that covers the geographic area, is easily accessed by individuals and families seeking housing or services, is well advertised and includes a comprehensive and standardized assessment.”
Why Coordinated Entry?
- Better outcomes for clients facing homelessness.
- Helps with minimizing the time that people experience a housing crisis.
- Helps with moving clients in and out of the homeless system quickly as possible allowing them to achieve housing stability.
- Allows each project to contribute to the common effort.
Steps of Engagement
- Assessors will determine if individual being served would be best served through a Victim Service Provider, Diversion Assistance, Homeless Prevention Services, or Assessment for Housing.
- Assessor will obtain an HMIS Release of Information and Consent (or comparable document for Victim Service Providers).
- Assessor will utilize the VI-SPDAT as the Common Assessment Tool, to screen individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
- Based on acuity score from VI-SPDAT, the individual will be put on the Prioritization List and matched to openings in housing within the CoC in case conferencing by the Coordinated Entry Committee.