What is a Coordinated Entry and Assessment-Based Housing Referral System (CEA-BHRS)?
Philadelphia has established a coordinated entry system. This is a process designed to coordinate program participant access, assessment and provision of referrals to homeless assistance services and housing.
- Streamlines access and referrals to homeless services and housing
- Uses standardized assessment/prioritization tools and practices
- Prioritizes homeless assistance for those with the most severe needs
Core Operational Components (HUD Requirements)
- Defined Access Point(s)
- Standardized Assessment
- Coordinated Referral (Assign)
Why Create CEA-BHRS?
- Improve system-wide access, screening, prioritization and referral processes for homeless housing services
- Improve service provision
- Reduce costs as networks are streamlined
- HUD requirement
Vision, Guiding Principles, Goals and Timeline
Philadelphia’s CEA-BHRS ensures that individuals and families at-risk of or experiencing homelessness have access to a streamlined and standardized process that links households to appropriate resources to end their housing crisis.
- Housing First – households at-risk of or experiencing homelessness are housed quickly without preconditions or service participation requirements
- Housing Focused – assistance provided to households at-risk of or experiencing homelessness is focused on moving to and maintaining permanent housing
- Prioritization – assistance is prioritized based on vulnerability and severity of service needs to ensure households needing help the most receive it in a timely manner
- Person-Centered – a trauma-informed approach that is dignified, safe, and incorporates participant choice is utilized
- Effective allocation of assistance and households are linked to the most appropriate intervention strategy
- Reduction in number of households experiencing homelessness
- Reduced length of time a household experiences homelessness
- Reduced returns to homelessness (recidivism)