How Coordinated Entry Works

written by Kim Walker
May 25, 2011

Today’s post comes to us from Kim Walker, capacity building associate at the Alliance.

The Center for Capacity Building just released our paper on developing a coordinated intake system for homeless families!

We’re so excited because we’ve gotten so many requests for more information on this approach from participants in our HEARTH Academies and other providers across the country. (Need a refresher on what coordinated entry is? Check out this blog postfrom Norm from a few months back.)

So, what kinds of things do we cover in this paper? Answers to questions like:

  • What are the different types of coordinated entry models?
  • How are other communities doing coordinated entry?
  • What changes will my system have to make in order to adopt coordinated entry?
  • How will I be able to tell if our coordinated entry system is functioning properly?

Not enough coordinated entry content for you?

Lucky for you, we have two webinars on coordinated entry in June.

  • On June 9 at 2 p.m. ET, we’ll host a webinar with Joyce Probst MacAlpine from Dayton/Montgomery County, OH, who just completed a six-month review of their brand new coordinated intake process. You can register for that webinar here.
  • Toward the end of June (date and time TBD), we will highlight the coordinated entry model in Columbus, OH and provide insight into their systems for singles and for families.

Still not enough? No worries – we’ll be rolling out more and more “front door” related materials, including papers and interactive tools, as the summer goes on, including resources on prevention targeting and diversion (which we know are also hot topics out there in the field).

We hope, as with everything else we do, that you find the materials we provide useful to you in your daily work. If you have any questions about anything, please feel free to contact the Center for Capacity Building at