Coordinated Entry System
Coordinated entry 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 to appropriate, tailored housing and mainstream services within the community or designated region. Standardized assessment tools and practices used within local coordinated assessment 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 participants’ choice, rather than being evaluated for a single program within the system. The most intensive interventions are prioritized for those with the highest needs. -(Opening Doors, p. 57)
The Will County Continuum of Care Coordinated Entry System manual describes:
1. Policies and procedures for providing an initial housing assessment to determine the best housing and services intervention for individuals and families;
2. A specific policy to guide the operation of the centralized or coordinated assessment system on how its system will address the needs of individuals and families who are fleeing, or attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, but who are seeking shelter or services from non-victim service providers;
3. Policies and procedures for evaluating individuals’ and families’ eligibility for assistance;
4. Policies and procedures for determining and prioritizing which eligible individuals and families will receive rapid rehousing assistance.
5. Policies and procedures for determining and prioritizing which eligible individuals and families will receive permanent supportive housing assistance;
The Coordinated Entry System is designed to assess eligibility for housing programs targeted to homeless persons. It is not a guarantee that the individual will meet the final eligibility requirements for, or receive a referral to, a particular housing option.