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The CES Policy Development Process

July 27, 2017 | February 10, 2020

The Los Angeles County Coordinated Entry System (LA County CES) facilitates the coordination and management of resources and services throughout the crisis response system. LA County CES works to equitably connect the highest need, most vulnerable persons in the community to available housing and supportive services. The CES Policy Council is the governing body that ensures consistency and quality by guiding strategic policy development, supporting implementation through alignment of practice and resources, and monitoring the effectiveness and efficiency of the system.

The CES Policy Council is comprised of members who have knowledge of resources and system decision points, including service providers across all populations (families with children, adults, and youth), County health agencies, City and County housing authorities, persons with lived experience of homelessness, and the philanthropy community (see below for full roster). Since its formation in 2017, the CES Policy Council developed a core set of CES policies related to access, assessment, prioritization, and referrals, as mandated by the HUD notice "Establishing Additional Requirements for a Continuum of Care (CoC) Centralized or Coordinated Assessment System." Policy workgroups led this development process, creating a forum for collaboration and community input. To view the core set of policies approved by the CES Policy Council, please click here. As implementation efforts are ongoing, the CES Policy Council continues to receive and respond to community input to refine policy and recommend system improvements as needed.

As a standard practice, the CES Policy Council only reviews policies and procedures that the public has had an opportunity to review through public comment. The CES Policy Council meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., typically at LAHSA's downtown Los Angeles office (811 Wilshire Blvd).

CES Policy Council Composition

Nominating Stakeholder Group Representatives Selected by Nominating Body*
CES Lead Agency, Adult

Hazel Lopez, The People Concern 

CES Lead Agency, Families Vacant
CES Lead Agency, Youth Samuel Gonzalez, Hathaway-Sycamores
Non-Lead CES Agency Chris Contreras, Brilliant Corners
selected by Los Angeles Regional Homelessness Advisory Council
Non-Lead CES Agency
Michael Graff-Weisner, Chrysalis
selected by Los Angeles Regional Homelessness Advisory Council
Non-Lead CES Agency Amy Turk, Downtown Women's Center
selected by Los Angeles Regional Homelessness Advisory Council
Glendale Continuum of Care Ivet Samvelyan, City of Glendale
Long Beach Continuum of Care Shannon Parker, City of Long Beach
Los Angeles Continuum of Care Heidi Marston, LAHSA
Pasadena Continuum of Care Jennifer O'Reilly-Jones, City of Pasadena
Lived Experience Advisory Board

Gloria Johnson

Homeless Youth Forum of Los Angeles Cristina Maricic
LA County Department of Child and Family Services Gail Winston
LA County Department of Health Services Cheri Todoroff
LA County Department of Mental Health

Maria Funk

LA County Department of Public Social Services Lisa Hayes
LA Housing + Community Investment Department Brittanya Murillo
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Anjani Reddy
LA County Development Authority Myk'l Williams
Housing Authority of the City of LA Kristina Gerber
Public Housing Authority Community Donyielle Holley, City of Pomona
Domestic Violence Community Minty Siu-Kootnikoff, Sojourn
selected by Domestic Violence Homeless Services Coalition
Housing Developer Community Rachel Feldstein, A Community of Friends
Philanthropy Andrea Iloulian, Hilton Foundation
selected by Funders Together to End Homelessness
United Way, Home for Good Chris Ko

*All stakeholder groups select their respective representatives through an appointment or voting process. 


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