The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a new resource entitled Youth Specific FAQs for Coordinated Entry. Coordinated Entry (CE) is a process implemented by local HUD Continuums of Care (CoCs) to ensure that all people experiencing a housing crisis have fair and equal access to the community’s housing and homeless assistance resources and are quickly identified, assessed for, and connected to housing and service options.
This new resource contains frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the development and implementation of CE processes specific to working with runaway and homeless youth. CoCs are encouraged to include schools and local homeless education liaisons in the CE planning and implementation process, given schools’ daily interaction with youth experiencing homelessness. Questions that may be of particular interest to schools include:
- Question 1: Why should my community develop a CE process for youth?
This question provides a helpful overview of the purpose of CE processes
- Question 4: How can youth providers or other community partners participate as an access point for CE?
This question explains various CE process models that may be implemented in your area, depending on your community’s particular characteristics.
- Question 6: How does prioritization account for the unique experiences and vulnerabilities of youth?
This question helps readers understand the concept of prioritization in the CE process and provides communities with guidelines on prioritizing youth based on a combination of each individual youth’s assessment and the community’s overall priorities and understanding of youth vulnerabilities and needs.
- Question 9: What populations of youth experiencing homelessness and who have runaway should be part of the CE process?
This question explains how CoCs and their local CE partners can serve youth who meet the HUD, HHS, and ED definitions of homeless.
- Question 10: How can CoCs ensure that they are taking the needs of all youth into consideration during the development of a CE process?
This question explains the different ways in which mainstream agencies, including schools, can engage in the local CE process, whether as agencies that refer to the CE process, receive referrals from the CE process, or (in rare instances) serve as a fully integrated part of the CE process.
We encourage schools to consider how the families and youth they serve might benefit from school representation in local CoC CE process planning and implementation efforts.