Coordinated Entry simplifies the process for obtaining assistance, which has traditionally been difficult to decipher. Households experiencing literal homelessness present at designated entry points, are assessed using a common assessment tool, and referred to appropriate agencies using a standardized and coordinated referral process.
The primary goals for coordinated entry processes are that assistance be allocated as effectively as possible and that it be easily accessible no matter where or how people present. Coordinated entry processes help communities prioritize assistance based on vulnerability and severity of service needs to ensure that people who need assistance the most can receive it in a timely manner. Coordinated entry processes also provide information about service needs and gaps to help communities plan their assistance and identify needed resources.