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July 2019

This month, in the Scoop

  • Planning Coordinated Entry Access
  • Coordinated Entry System 101
  • Domestic Violence and Homelessness training 
  • Coordinated Entry System Leadership Recap

Planning Access Points for Single's and Youth Coordinated Entry

What does access look like in Hennepin County?

A Coordinated Entry assessment is the first step for individuals to access homeless dedicated housing in Hennepin County. Earlier this year there were up to 75+ trained assessors providing this first step across several access points for single adults and youth. The Single's CES Leadership Committee and various other community members have provided feedback that the large volume of assessors creates a system that is too cumbersome to manage and too complicated to navigate. For example, the ability to make changes (like new forms or HMIS workflow) is very difficult to manage with a large quantity of assessors. There is also need for more intentional planning so that access points are known and transparent and proper support and oversight can be provided.   

What is being done to fix it:

The Hennepin CES team, in coordination with community partners, has created a system map to identify assessor locations and needs. This process has demonstrated that certain sites have several assessors, while others, including some large shelters have very few or even lack assessors all together. The work to better distribute assessors throughout the system has begun and will continue to happen over the next few months. Please stay tuned for those updates.

How do I access Coordinated Entry right now?

Keep a eye on the Hennepin County Coordinated Entry website (www.hennepin.us/coordinated-entry) for the most up to date information on how to access coordinated entry. Recent updates have been made, including the addition of drop-in hours at Catholic Charities Opportunity Center to meet with Matrix Housing Service's Mobile Assessors. 


CES 101 Training

A basic overview of the Coordinated Entry System (CES)

When: Tuesday, September 17th from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Where: Southdale Library (Rooms: Ethel Berry) 

What: CES 101 is designed to offer an overview of Hennepin County's Coordinated Entry System. This training will focus on the basics of what Coordinated Entry is, is not, access points, who it is intended to serve and what resources are available specifically in the Hennepin County system.

The intended audience for this training are new staff members, advocates or community agencies not familiar with the Coordinated Entry System.

This training will be offered once per quarter as a resource to assist training new staff in talking points, myths and questions.

RSVP: Hennepin Coordinated Entry System 101

Questions?: Contact CES.Hennepin@Hennepin.us 

Domestic Violence (DV) & Homelessness Training

A training on the Interconnectedness of Domestic Violence & Homelessness

When: Two sessions in October - Dates/Times TBD

Where: Northern location & Southern location TBD 

What: To recognize October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, join us for an introductory training on the "Interconnectedness of Domestic Violence and Homelessness." This training will be offered twice a year as a resource to assist training new staff in domestic violence, myths, and best practices. 

We wanted to get the word out now regarding this training as these are mandatory each year for housing providers. Program leadership, managers, and direct service providers are encouraged to attend. More details to come as dates and locations are decided.

Questions?: Contact CES.Hennepin@Hennepin.us 

Coordinated Entry Leadership Recap

Meeting Minutes

Singles and Youth Leadership Committee (No meeting in July)

Families Leadership Committee (7/02/2019)

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