Coordinated Entry System

Individuals affected by a mental or physical illness often face the highest barriers to securing services and housing. Lamp is spearheading local efforts to prioritize the most vulnerable homeless people, speed up their housing process and reduce duplication of efforts among service organizations. To this end, it leads the Coordinated Entry System (CES) for Los Angeles County's Metro Service Planning Area (SPA), which includes the downtown, Hollywood, Boyle Heights and many more neighborhoods.

CES is designed to quickly identify and efficiently match those homeless individuals with the highest needs to permanent housing and supportive services. The initiative establishes communication, partnerships and strategy among agencies that already target the same population. Cooperation among agencies results in a reduction of service duplication and improved use of limited community resources. The aim is for homeless individuals to access a seamless experience with service providers, which in turn promotes client successes and workable housing solutions to permanently end their homelessness.


Photo by TAE, Lamp Community Arts Program Member