Date Published: August 2016
A coordinated entry (CE) process standardizes and coordinates the way youth access the community’s homelessness crisis response system and connect with the appropriate resources they need to achieve safety and stability. The process should ensure that youth receive the housing and service supports they need to resolve their homelessness crisis as quickly as possible, with the lowest possible barriers. The CE process should be able to answer the homeless system’s guiding question, “Which housing and supportive services best meet the needs of each youth?” The core elements of this process include (1) access, (2) screening and assessment for housing and services, (3) prioritization, and (4) referral, and should be developed by each Continuum of Care (CoC) through a community-wide planning process.
For a more detailed explanation of the core elements of a CE process please refer to HUD’s Coordinated Entry Policy Brief and to HUD’s CoC 2.0 Training Material – Coordinated Assessment.