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
  1. 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.
  2. Assessor will obtain an HMIS Release of Information and Consent (or comparable document for Victim Service Providers).
  3. Assessor will utilize the VI-SPDAT as the Common Assessment Tool, to screen individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
  4. 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.
HOTHC Coordinated Entry Flow Diagram
HMIS Release of Information
Coordinated Entry Training Materials and Resources Tool Box