Coordinated Entry is a process for people to access the prevention, housing and/or other services that they need. Coordinated entry incorporates uniform screening and assessment, prioritization and program matching, and connections to mainstream services to help those seeking housing and services access appropriate programs more efficiently.
The coordinated entry system supports the purpose of Snohomish County’s Continuum of Care and its governing board, the Partnership to End Homelessness, which is to promote community wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; promote access to and effective utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families; and optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families who are currently experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness.
Coordinated entry homeless housing navigation is available to all individuals and families in Snohomish County who are currently living in homeless shelters or places not meant for human habitation: the streets, in cars, tents or structures without plumbing or running water. Those individuals and families who are at-risk of homelessness: will be living in a shelter or place not meant for human habitation very soon without assistance, are eligible to work with a homelessness prevention navigator.
Homelessness prevention navigators work with coordinated entry participants to identify a strategy for staying housed. They help households address and resolve their immediate barriers to housing stability, which can include negotiating with landlords, identifying subsequent housing options and connecting participants with mainstream services to address issues such as lack of income, employment, or health insurance.
Housing navigators work with individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness to locate and maintain housing. Because housing resources are scarce, housing navigators focus on stabilizing the majority of households through the use of short-term interventions and connections to mainstream services. Housing navigators also connect those who need long-term housing and supports to the appropriate housing programs to meet their needs.
Individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness and who want to connect with available homeless prevention, housing, and mainstream services may call or go to any coordinated entry site for an intake assessment. If eligible to work with a navigator, a referral will be made to the navigation site that is best able to meet the household’s needs.
While coordinated entry sites are open to all eligible households, specialty sites have been designated to work with specific populations and regions within the county. These sites have been selected to serve specific populations and regions because they are familiar with the resources available to that population or area.