CES – The Coordinated Entry System

A Brief History of the Coordinated Entry System

The Los Angeles CES for individuals experiencing homelessness was designed and implemented under the umbrella of Home For Good, with planning support from Rapid Results Institute and Community Solutions, and in close partnership with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), the agency that administers the LA City and County Continuum of Care, as well as nonprofit, philanthropic, and public sector partners throughout the region. Home For Good is a public-private partnership launched by the United Way of Greater Los Angeles and the LA Area Chamber of Commerce with the goal of ending homelessness in Los Angeles.

CES stitches existing programs together into a no-wrong-door system, connecting homeless adults to the best resources for them.

Coordinated Entry System (CES) coordinates providers efforts, creates a real-time list of individuals experiencing homelessness in our communities, and provides a means to quickly and efficiently match people to available housing resources and services that best fit their needs. In early 2011 this early system was put into practice in a series of pilots in Skid Row, ground zero for homelessness in L.A. and home to over 5,000 of the most vulnerable, chronically homeless people. In 2014 it was expanded to reach all eight Service Planning Areas (SPA) in LA County.

For more information on how CES works including a glossary of terms, download the CES Process PDF.