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Coordinated Entry- A First Step

Coordinated Entry is the process to access supportive housing for individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Supportive housing resources are extremely limited. Because of this, individuals and families with the highest vulnerability, most significant service needs, and longest history of homelessness are prioritized. Housing is not guaranteed through this process.

To be eligible for a housing assessment in Ramsey County, households must meet one of the following homeless definitions:

    • Chronic HUD Homeless - staying in shelter, outside, or in other places not meant for human habitation; exiting an institution where person/household resided for 90 days or less and who resided in shelter or other place not meant for human habitation prior to entering the institution; and/or fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence - time must be equal to at least 1 full year, or having 4 episodes in the last 3 months, where each episode is separated by 7 days (housed or doubled-up) and where the 4 episodes equals to 1 full year, and at least one person in the household has a documented disability.
    • Minnesota Long Term Homeless (LTH) - lacking a permanent place to live continuously for a year or more or at least four times in the past three years.  Time spent in an institutional care or correctional facility (if longer than 90 days) shall be considered "excluded time" and does not count toward length of time a household has been homeless.  Episodes of homelessness can include time doubled-up or couch-hopping.  Doubled-up or couch-hopping is considered homeless if that arrangement has persisted less than 12 months.
    • For Youth (ages 24 and younger) and Families with Dependent Children (age 18 with a dependent child): First time HUD Homeless - staying in shelter, outside, or in other places not meant for human habitation; exiting an institution where person/household resided for 90 days or less and who resided in shelter or other place not meant for human habitation prior to entering the institution; and/or fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence.
    • For Youth (ages 24 and younger) ONLY: Minnesota Homeless - any unaccompanied youth or youth aged heads of households that is without a permanent place to live that is fit for human habitation.

To read more Ramsey County Coordinated Entry System (CES) Policies and/or the Policy Manual: Please Click Here

To access the Ramsey County CE Grievance, Transfer and Appeals form: Please Click Here

To become a Ramsey County CE Assessing Agency, please contact: Loni Aadalen, CoC Coordinator, at [email protected].