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    Coordinated Entry Systems Update

    The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness relases a biweekly newsletter with agency news, funding updates, and stories of successful programs around the country. The latest newsletter released on December 18, 2014 titled Across the Country, Communities are Developing Coordinated Entry Systems to End Homelessness, includes the following article:

    Developing Local Coordinated Entry Systems is Hard Work but Necessary Work

    One of the most important recent developments from our work to end homelessness is the recognition that the impact of evidence-informed models like permanent supportive housing and rapid re-housing are only fully realized when they work together as part of a coordinated system. Coordinated entry systems are a key part of an overall homelessness crisis response system that communities need to improve access to available housing and services and ensure the type and level of assistance provided to households is tailored to meet their specific needs. Too often, people experiencing homelessness have to navigate a complicated maze of uncoordinated programs in order to receive assistance. There is a better, more effective way to respond to the crisis of homelessness.

    To end homelessness in every community, and across the nation, we must build local systems that streamline and facilitate access to appropriate housing and services for families and individuals. Coordinated entry systems do just that. Using a consistent and well-coordinated approach, coordinated entry systems screen applicants for eligibility for services; such as homelessness prevention, rapid re-housing, emergency shelter, affordable housing, permanent supportive housing, and other interventions. The needs and strengths of each household are assessed to determine which interventions will be effective and are most appropriate, while also prioritizing people for assistance based on the severity of their needs.

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