Coordinated Entry System
CES stitches existing programs together into a no-wrong-door system, connecting homeless adults to the best resources for them.
In 2010, our community began laying the groundwork for a Coordinated Entry System (CES) to coordinate providers efforts, create a real-time list of individuals experiencing homelessness in our communities, and a means to quickly and efficiently match people to available housing resources and services that best fit their needs. In early 2011 this early system was put into practice in a series of pilots in Skid Row, ground zero for homelessness in L.A. and home to over 5,000 of the most vulnerable, chronically homeless people. After developing the system through a series of pilots it was introduced to seven communities throughout LA County, and in the last year expanded to reach all eight Service Planning Areas (SPA) in LA County.
Coordinated Entry System is now operating on-the-ground in all areas of LA County through the support and coordination of over 100 local service providers. A team in each region now meets regularly, working together to ensure full geographic coverage by coordinating and expanding outreach, effective assistance to help clients navigate the housing system, and efficient and accurate matches to housing and non-housing resources (such as medical supports) based on the individual needs and acuity level.
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