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 (click here for the full membership roster). Since its formation in 2017, the CES Policy Council developed a core set of CES policies related to Access, Assessment, Prioritization, and Referral (Matching), 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.
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 Referral (Matching). Policies posted for public comment will generally follow this topical order, though some policies are relevant to all elements. To view the core set of policies approved by the CES Policy Council, please see below.
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.).
See below for a complete list of CES policies that have been approved, out for public comment, or still in development.