Coordinated Entry for All: Connecting the homeless to housing

Shared from the DCHS Touching Base Newsletter

Five weeks into operations, DCHS has made significant strides as it works to implement Coordinated Entry for All (CEA), a regional coordinated entry system to connect those experiencing homelessness to housing and services. CEA aims to reduce barriers to housing for those facing a housing crisis through a standardized assessment tool and coordinated referral and housing placement process.

In June, King County took over referrals for family and young adult programs, which has been managed by Catholic Community Services and All Home through Family Housing Connection and Youth Housing Connection since 2012. Since the launch of CEA at King County, 141 youth and families have been referred to housing. In addition to working with families and young adults, CEA is now also providing assessments to homeless single adults. Referrals to single adult programs will begin in mid-September after assessments have been conducted county-wide.

In July, three of the five Regional Access Points (RAP) across King County opened, providing a central resource point where households experiencing homelessness can get help finding housing and other resources. These three locations in Seattle, Renton and Federal Way are able to provide assessments for all populations. Additional RAPs will soon open in North Seattle and East King County.

Until all RAPs are fully up and running, those who are currently experiencing homelessness can access CEA in several other ways. All can call 211 and ask for an intake assessment; as well, young adults can visit one of the young adult access points, and veterans can call Operation: WelcomeOneHome.

The goal is to streamline the process for all homeless populations – families, young adults, veterans and single adults – so that they can be quickly identified, assessed and connected to housing support services and resources. To that end, the Homeless Housing Program has been working with the Behavioral Health and Recovery Division, Developmental Disabilities Division and Employment and Education Resources to create a seamless system of care.

For more information about Coordinated Entry for All, visit www.kingcounty.gov/cea.

To learn more about what DCHS is doing in our community, read the most recent issue of the Touching Base Newsletter (on SharePoint).