CES Referral and Housing Placement
Coordinated Entry System clients (chronically homeless single adults) are matched to available permanent housing programs based on their eligibility and housing preferences, in order of length of time homeless and consideration for vulnerability and specific service needs.
Client referrals are made by the Coordinated Entry System Manager, in which client information and any documents needed to confirm program eligibility are transferred directly through Homeless Management Information System (secure database). The Coordinated Entry System Manager and permanent housing intake staff coordinate intakes, appointments, and move in dates. The goal being to move people into permanent housing as quickly as possible by removing as many barriers to entry as possible such as being screened out because of income, active alcohol/substance use, criminal history or by mandating services.
CES staff may be able provide transition to intakes and move ins and provides case management for up to 90 days as a client moves into new housing. This involves a connection to community resources, orientation to a new community, and obtaining housewares and personal items for a new unit. Housing retention is often influenced positively by whether a person views their unit as a home and many clients may not have additional money for things like cleaning supplies, kitchen ware, bedding and furniture, etc.