About CES

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

In 2010, our community began laying the groundwork for a Coordinated Entry System (CES) to coordinate providers efforts, create a real-time list of individuals experiencing homelessness in our communities, and 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. After developing the system through a series of pilots it was introduced to seven communities throughout LA County, and in the last year expanded to reach all eight Service Planning Areas (SPA) in LA County.

CES Efficiency Graphic

Coordinated Entry System is now operating on-the-ground in all areas of LA County through the support and coordination of over 100 local service providers. A team in each region now meets regularly, working together to ensure full geographic coverage by coordinating and expanding outreach, effective assistance to help clients navigate the housing system, and efficient and accurate matches to housing and non-housing resources (such as medical supports) based on the individual needs and acuity level.




  • Over the age of 18
  • Experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County

CES for Adults Aims to:

  • Be low barrier and easy to access
  • Identify and assess people’s needs
  • Prioritize and match based on those needs

CES lays the groundwork for a more efficient use of resources and creates a system that is easier for people experiencing homelessness to navigate. CES for adults relies on a common triage tool (CES Survey Packet) and shared database (Homeless Management Information System) in order to track outcomes and share information


211 LA County

CES for Families Eligibility

To be eligible for any service through our program, a household must:

  1. Meet the definition of a family.
  2. Be facing a housing crisis.

Eligibility for rapid re-housing or prevention assistance is based on the following:

  1. A family must meet the definition of Homeless or imminently at-risk of homelessness (Status will be determined when you visit the Family Center).
  2. A family must have one or more minor children in your legal custody.
  3. Income must be at or below 30% Area Median Income.

The CES for Families system is supported by the Family Solution Centers (FSC). The FSCs are a collaborative, community based response. Each regional FSC will build and maintain a collaborative of community partners that can provide interim and permanent housing, information, supportive services and resources that homeless families need to become stably housed.

The CES for Families utilize the County’s information and referral line, 211 LA County, to reach families who may be in need of homeless services to help stabilize their housing situation. All families contacting 211 receive a screening for CES for Families whenever a housing crisis is identified.


The Coordinated Entry System for Youth (Youth CES) is a regionally coordinated, client centered system that streamlines access to developmentally appropriate housing and support services for youth and young adults, ages 16-24, experiencing homelessness and housing instability in Los Angeles County.

By bringing together new and existing programs and resources, and using standardized tools and processes, youth experiencing homelessness and housing instability are able to access housing and/or support services that meet their needs.

Youth CES aims to streamline the process to:

  1. Provide safety and support for youth in crisis;
  2. Get youth off the street as quickly as possible; and
  3. Prevent homeless youth from becoming chronically homeless adults.
Youth CES Chart