The Homeless Coalition's Coordinated Entry Approach,
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Contact: Shonna Greninger
Phone: 417-627-2039 Fax: 417-781-1234
Location: Economic Security Corporation
302 Joplin, Joplin, MO 64801
Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:00 to 5:00
Coordinated assessment paves the way for more efficient homeless assistance systems by:
· Helping people move through the system faster by reducing the amount of time people spend moving from program to program before finding the right match.
· Reducing new entries into homelessness by consistently offering prevention and diversion resources upfront, reducing the number of people entering the system unnecessarily.
· Improving data collection and quality and providing accurate information on what kind of assistance clients need.
Each assessment in a coordinated system handles assessment or screening of client need, data entry, and referral. Ideally, Coordinated Assessment is the main access point for prevention and diversion services as well. After an initial assessment, the coordinator should either provide the necessary prevention or diversion services or refer a family to the program that is best equipped to get them into permanent housing as quickly as possible.