In March of this year, Home For Good launched a Pilot Coordinated Entry System in Skid Row which is focusing on creating a comprehensive system to quickly and effectively match homeless individuals to housing and services. This week organizations participating in the pilot celebrated the completion of the first 100 days of the pilot by sharing their impressive accomplishments with over 100 community stakeholders.
The new CES, which was designed by on-the-ground service staff and is supported by government and philanthropic leaders, has housed more than 37 of the area’s most vulnerable people in just over three months. The system provides permanent supportive housing more quickly and democratically than ever before, and it has also empowered local agencies to radically improve the way they work together.
Over the last 100 days, teams participating in the Pilot CES have put together a four step process to move people into housing:
1.) Universal Assessment: Administer an assessment to determine a person’s needs.
2.) Navigation: Assist homeless individuals with housing navigation by assuring they have interim housing and documentation needed to access permanent housing placement.
3.) Matching: Have housing providers pull clients from a unified housing list while assuring prioritization of the most vulnerable individuals.
4.) Lease-Up: Once a client is matched to housing, assure a fast and smooth move-in process.
The system the teams have created is detailed in their Coordinated Entry Manual which also lists policy recommendations for scaling up CES countywide.
So what’s next for CES in Skid Row? The teams will be coming together to determine how they will work on refining their process in the second 100 days. In addition, policy leaders will be participating in their own 100 day pilot in which they will undertake important systems change to assure a countywide implementation of CES.
We are excited about the incredible work that will be taking place in the next couple of months, and would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the dozens of partners who have made incredible change possible during the first phase of this pilot!
We would like to acknowledge all of the organization’s in Skid Row that have worked tirelessly to create a system to support our homeless neighbors at risk of dying on our streets -Homeless Health Care Los Angeles, Downtown Women’s Center, Lamp Community, LA Mission, Midnight Mission, Skid Row Housing Trust, Weingart Center Association, Exodus Recovery, LA Christian Health Centers, SHARE!, SRO Housing Corporation, St. Vincent DePaul, and FASGI, Volunteers of America. Also a special thanks to Community Solutions, the Rapid Results Institute, and the policy makers and funders that have supported the teams during the first 100 days - LAHSA, HACLA, DMH, DHS, CSH, Veterans Administration, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, and United Way of Greater Los Angeles.