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Coordinated Entry

Coordinated entry is a streamlined system that’s designed to match people experiencing homelessness with available housing. This process helps prioritize resources based on vulnerability and severity of service needs to ensure that people who need help the most can receive it in a timely manner.


The ultimate goal is to improve health and housing outcomes in our community by supporting people with finding the most appropriate housing and supports. These include preventing experiences of homelessness before they begin to locating permanent housing.


Our Sacramento Continuum of Care (CoC) launched the coordinated entry system in 2014. Sacramento CoC’s coordinated entry system (CES) uses a Housing First model, which prioritizes individuals and families with the greatest needs for permanent, supportive housing. On an annual basis, more than 2,300 people remain housed in permanent housing. 


Establishing and maintaining a coordinated entry system is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

As the operator of the CES, SSF’s role is to support the CES Committee in developing and expanding the system. The CES committee is responsible for providing input and making recommendations to the CoC Board on principles and guidelines for the coordinated entry system. 

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Coordinated Entry Information & Resources

How the Coordinated Entry System Operates

Clients and households move through the five elements of the coordinated entry system, starting with access and ending with a referral or placement.

For more information please contact Peter Bell, Sacramento Steps Forward, Coordinated Entry Systems (CES) Program Manager. 

Check this page for new information and updates. Updated: July 26, 2022.