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Background On The CES Policy Development Process

July 27, 2017 | February 11, 2019

A new process is underway for developing and updating policies and procedures for the Los Angeles Coordinated Entry System (LA County CES) to ensure consistency in the delivery of homeless services through CES. This process involves two stakeholder groups (the CES Policy Development Work Group and the CES Policy Council) tasked separately with drafting and approving policy in subject areas mandated by the recent notice "Establishing Additional Requirements for a Continuum of Care (CoC) Centralized or Coordinated Assessment System" issued by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As these groups work throughout the year to reflect current practice and codify new policy for the LA County CES, the public will have ongoing opportunities for review and input on each draft. Read below for more detail on this process.

The CES Policy Work Group will meet twice per month to provide input on draft policies and procedures for the operation of the LA County CES. They are charged with recommending CES design approaches. This group is made up of members who have practical knowledge and experience of system operations, including a range of representatives from service providers, County health agencies, public housing authorities, and housing providers (see below for the full slate). Policies recommended by the Work Group will be posted publicly for comment through the LAHSA email listserv and on our website at the end of every month.

The CES Policy Council will meet monthly to review and revise or approve policies and procedures developed by the CES Policy Development Work Group. This group is made up of members who have knowledge of resources and system decision points, including stakeholders such as service providers, County health agencies, public housing authorities, persons with lived experience of homelessness, and the philanthropy community (see below for the full slate). Their meetings are open to the public, and held at LAHSA at 9:30 am once a month. The meetings for 2019 are scheduled for February 27, March 27, April 24, and May 22. The Policy Council will only review policies that the public has had an opportunity to review through public comment.

Scope of Policy Development

The broad topics for priority policy development include the Core Elements of Coordinated Entry, as defined by HUD: access, assessment, prioritization, and referrals. Policies posted for public comment will generally follow this topical order, though some policies are relevant to all elements.  

Draft Policies Open for Public Comment:

None available at this time. 

Policies Approved by Policy Council

Policy Workgroup Composition


Stakeholder Group Nominating Body
10 Service Providers CES Leader Tables
1 Department of Child and Family Services DCFS
1 Department of Mental Health DMH
1 Department of Health Services DHS
2 Housing Authorities HACLA/ HACoLA
3 County Continua of Care

City of Long Beach

City of Glendale

City of Pasadena

1 Housing Developer CES Leader Tables
1 Home for Good Home for Good
3 LAHSA Systems Managers LAHSA

Policy Council Composition and Names

# of seats Stakeholder Group Representatives Selected by Nominating Body
6 Service Providers (3 CES Leads, 3 Non-Leads)

Hazel Lopez, The People Concern (Adult Lead)
Courtney Kanagi, St. Joseph’s Center (Families Lead) 
Samuel Gonzalez  (Youth Lead)
Michael Graff-Weisner, Chrysalis (Non-Lead)
Amy Turk, Downtown Women’s Center (Non-Lead)

Vacant (Non-Lead) 

1 Domestic Violence Service Provider Minty Siu-Kootnikoff, Legal Aid Foundation of LA
1 Department of Child and Family Services
Gail Winston
1 Department of Mental Health Maria Funk
1 Department of Health Services Cheri Todoroff
3 Public Housing Authorities Myk’l Williams, HACoLA
Kristin Gerber, HACLA
Donyielle Holley, City of Pomona
1 Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Dept Brittanya Murillo
5 County Continua of Care

Shannon Parker, Long Beach
Ivet Samvelyan, Glendale
Jennifer O'Reilly-Jones, Pasadena
Chris Callandrillo, Los Angeles

Josh Hall, Los Angeles

1 Housing Developer Rachel Feldstein, A Community of Friends
1 Home for Good Chris Ko
1 Philanthropy Andrea Iloulian, Hilton Foundation
2 Individuals with Lived Experience of Homelessness

Christina Maricic, Homeless Youth Forum of LA
Gloria Johnson, Lived Experience Advisory Board

1 Department of Public Social Services Vacant
1 Veterans Affairs Heidi Marston 





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