Coordinated Entry and Intake/Assessment Tools
Aimed at ensuring access to housing services that match the need of each unique household, Coordinated Entry Systems vary across communities as to how survivors of domestic and sexual violence are considered.
This presentation debunks some myths about the DV provider system, encourages collaboration between the homeless/housing system and DV systems, and suggests a path forward on the issue of data-sharing.
In March of 2015, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a policy brief on the coordinated entry process. This newsletter highlights key aspects of HUD’s policy brief that may be helpful for advocates working with survivors on accessing housing.
Coordinated entry is a process developed to ensure all people experiencing a housing crisis have fair and equal access to the community’s housing and homeless assistance resources. Coordinated entry processes also help communities prioritize assistance based on vulnerability and severity of service needs. Victim service providers play an integral part in their community’s housing and homeless response system. This document answers several frequently asked questions around the integration of victim service providers in their community’s coordinated entry process.
Summarizes a number of useful pieces in the HUD policy document that may be useful as DV coalitions and programs advocate for survivors in their local Continuums of Care.
Presentation focusing on the Front Door Assessment, a 10 year plan that first assessed and subsequently addressed challenges faced by homeless people with navigating and engaging with existing systems. Participation was a requirement for local and CoC-funded programs.
This paper briefly describes how early engagement can be used to move families from the street to housing, thus freeing shelter resources for those who have no other option.
The toolkit was constructed to provide a framework that counties in the state of Washington can use to construct coordinated entry systems that reflect best practices and respond to the unique needs of their communities. The Building Changes toolkit offers guidance on Planning, Implementing, Data Collection, and Evaluation.
This document is a checklist for Continuums of Care to use to make certain that they are considering and incorporating the needs of households fleeing domestic violence and other similar forms of assault and harassment into their coordinated assessment processes. Systems should also ensure they are including domestic violence providers in the discussion of how the assessment system is structured from the beginning.
Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! A Housing and Shelter Provider’s Guide to Developmental and Behavioral Screening
As shelter and housing assistance providers help vulnerable children, youth and families exit homelessness and partner with these families as they work to obtain permanent housing, it's important to talk to families about their child’s development. If developmental concerns are caught early, providers can help ensure that children are linked to the appropriate services and receive the extra support they may need. Partnering with families and specialists to learn the signs and act early will assure that children have the best possible start to a bright future. This Developmental and Behavioral Screening Guide has been specifically designed for shelter and housing assistance providers. In this guide, you will find information on how to engage clients with children under age 5 in conversations regarding the developmental and behavioral health of their children, and how to facilitate referrals for further screening and evaluation when required.
Excerpted from NNEDV's Transitional Housing Toolkit, this paper outlines best practices for designing and implementing intake forms and practices when serving survivors in your housing program.