Coordinated entry makes it easier for people experiencing homelessness to access housing and support services, when available, as well as other mainstream services available in the community. When a person experiencing homelessness reaches out for help, coordinated entry uses a uniform assessment to identify the person’s strengths, resources, and barriers to housing. Through coordinated entry, a single database keeps track of the available beds and services throughout the community to identify the best program available for each person.
The Launch of Coordinated Entry Summary Memo (April 13, 2016)
Pierce County Community Connections operates our coordinated entry system for families and individuals experiencing homelessness through a partnership of agencies: Associated Ministries, Catholic Community Services, Greater Lakes Mental Health and Comprehensive Life Resources.
Coordinated Entry Contact Information
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Phone (253) 682-3401
Access Point for Housing
How We Got Here: From Centralized Intake to Coordinated Entry
In 2014, Pierce County Community Connections engaged Focus Strategies to assist with the refinement of the existing intake and assessment tools used by the community's Centralized Intake (CI) system, Access Point for Housing (A4PH). To inform their recommendations for system improvement, Focus Strategies conducted an assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of that system. The analysis focused on the effectiveness of the AP4H system in conducting intake and assessment and making referrals to housing programs. Followed are key results of that system:
Centralized Intake Assessment and Recommendations
Executive Summary of the Focus Strategies Report (January 2015) (PDF)
Focus Strategies Report (February 2015) (PDF)
February 3, 2015 Community Meeting PowerPoint (PDF)
February 3, 2015 Community Meeting Questions and Answers (PDF)
Coordinated Entry & Prioritization Work Group
In response to the findings and recommendations in the Centralized Intake assessment, Community Connections staff engaged A Community Work Group to help create the Prioritization Tool that uses a vulnerability and housing lens to make appropriate recommendations to housing programs and mainstream services. Below are the minutes from the Work Group meetings:
Summary of Coordinated Entry Work Group #1, Held March 24, 2015
Summary of Coordinated Entry Work Group #2, Held May 8, 2015
Summary of Coordinated Entry Work Group #3, Held June 18, 2015
Summary of Coordinated Entry Work Group #4, Help August 20, 2015
Summary of Coordinated Entry Work Group #5, Held April 15, 2016