Coordinated Entry System (CES) Overview

Coordinated Entry System (CES) is an important process through which people experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness can access the crisis response system in a streamlined way, have their strengths and needs quickly assessed, and quickly connect them to appropriate, tailored housing and mainstream services within the community or designated region.

Standardized assessment tools and practices used within local CES processes take into account the unique needs of children and their families as well as youth. When possible, the assessment provides the ability for households to gain access to the best options to address their needs, incorporating participant choice, rather than being evaluated for a single program within the system. The most intensive interventions are prioritized for those with the highest needs.

Permanent housing providers who receive funding through the CoC must participate in CE, accepting all of their referrals through the CE process. These housing providers are unable to intake clients from outside of the CE process. CE provides referrals to two types of housing program:

What is Permanent Supportive Housing? Affordable, permanent and independent housing that meets the needs of tenants by providing support and that is integrated within a neighborhood and community. Housing opportunities for this program are limited with turn over rates being very low. 

What is Rapid Rehousing? Short to medium-term housing program designed to get households into market-rate housing as quickly as possible and provide them with the support needed to achieve housing sustainability. RRH is not a housing voucher and tenants are expected to support their full rent in a short period of time, typically within 4-6 months. This program also allows for more flexibility of housing location and household makeup.