COORDINATED ENTRY AND HOUSING PRIORITIZATION
**Individuals experiencing homelessness can still access emergency shelter and outreach services without taking a Housing Assessment.
The Homeless Inter-agency Council (Tri-HIC) is implementing tools and strategies to improve access to housing resources and assistance. The Tri-Hic has implemented a new Housing Prioritization process, otherwise known as “Coordinated Entry.”
For individuals and families experiencing homelessness: to get on the Community Housing Prioritization List, please take a Coordinated Entry Assessment.
After you take the assessment, your name will go on our Community Prioritization List. Community partners review this list weekly and collaborate together to link individuals with the resources that best match criteria and eligibility.
We currently use of the Vulnerability Index and Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool (VI-SPDAT) to assess housing needs, create housing prioritization list, and prioritize those who are the most vulnerable with the greatest needs first to more effectively use our communities housing resources.
This is not a guarantee of housing and we highly encourage individuals to continue to seek housing options on their own because of the demand for housing in our community, however, it is a good first step.
You do not need to take the assessment in order to access Emergency Shelter.