Eligibility

Coordinated Entry serves all people (single adults, young adults, couples, families, and veterans) experiencing homelessness. Please contact a Regional Access Point if you are: 

  • Living and sleeping outside
  • Sleeping in a place not meant for human habitation
  • Staying in a shelter
  • Fleeing/attempting to flee domestic violence
  • Exiting an institution where you resided for up to 90 days and were in shelter or a place not meant for human habitation immediately prior to entering that institution.

Young adults who are imminently at risk of homelessness within 14 days are also eligible for Coordinated Entry.

CE Community Conversations

Please complete the “New HMIS Agency Request Form“.

•CE Prioritization Input Form, September 15th until October 1st:
https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/dd0e782c8ac34b698f208026ed441b39

•CE Contact List Form, ongoing:
https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/0197807a8e2945cfb7c82218c27e886a

•CE Committee Application Form*, September 15th until October 13th:
https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/4530339720cd4f0fb85f2cbdfb02a685

*If you previously submitted an application, you do not have to resubmit it.

By Name List

Coordinated Entry By Name List Nomination Job Aid For Providers (Updated 12.07.2023)

Process

Regional Access Points (RAPs) are an entry point to CE.

These entry points are resource centers where households experiencing homelessness can get help finding housing and other resources. Individuals and families experiencing homelessness may call ahead to schedule an appointment.

To schedule an appointment for a CE Housing Triage Tool, households must contact a Regional Access Point directly.

Regional Access Points have limited walk-in hours available. Walk-ins are first come first served.

Households experiencing homelessness in King County are able to access any RAP, not just the one they are located nearest.

Coordinated Entry uses a basic HMIS enrollment and a two question Housing Triage Tool (HTT)* collecting only the minimal amount of information needed:

  • History of Homelessness (HUD Mandated)
  • Disability Information (HUD Mandated)
  • Income (HUD Mandated)
  • Household Type – Family/Individual (for matching to appropriate housing resource)
  • Pregnancy in Household (for use in Prioritization)

*As of March 2022, the VI-SDPAT is no longer a part of Coordinated Entry; VI-SPDAT not used for prioritization since October 2020

Tiebreaking currently consists of five criteria that are applied in descending order as follows: 

  1. Households with approved Mobility Requests
  2. Households who were prioritized as of 4/14/23 
  3. Households with the longest length of time homeless in their current episode*
  4. Households who are fleeing or attempting to flee violence 
  5. Households who are unsheltered 

*In most circumstances, the household with the longest length of stay receives the referral. 

Coordinated Entry Prioritization Update

Referrals are the process for service providers to move their unhoused client into housing resources within the Coordinated Entry System.

Referrals are facilitated by Coordinated Entry System staff, nominations are made by service providers across the region who assist households with documentation preparation, connection to programs post-referral, and other supportive activities.

Housing providers who are receiving Coordinated Entry referrals are encouraged to attend weekly Office Hour meetings to inform, coordinate, and collaborate with the nominating providers and Coordinated Entry System staff. 

Households can decline available housing resources based on preference or need without negative repercussions. 

Coordinated Entry System (CES) refers households experiencing homelessness to a variety of resources, including Rapid Rehousing, Transitional Housing, Permanent Housing, and Permanent Supportive Housing. 

Additional Info

Coordinated Entry Committee is part of the Continuum of Care structure

The Coordinated Entry Committee (CEC), as outlined in the King County Continuum of Care (CoC) Charter, oversees policies and procedures related to Coordinated Entry within King County. We identify, review, and approve policies and procedures guiding the operation of the Coordinated Entry System (CES), with the implementation managed by King County Regional Homeless Authority staff. 

CE Assessors are a key part of the Coordinated Entry system, and help unhoused neighbors by:

  • Serving as the initial contact point for the Coordinated Entry System and communicating eligibility for Coordinated Entry
  • Exploring resources such as diversion or problem solving, employment, and education.
  • Enrolling households into the Coordinated Entry System Program and administering the Coordinated Entry Housing Triage Tool (HTT)
  • Communicating with households about next steps and availability of other resources

Regional Access Points

The purpose of Coordinated Entry is to ensure that all households experiencing homelessness have equitable access to housing resource connections to resolve their housing crisis.

Regional Access Points (RAPs) are an entry point.

These entry points are resource centers where households experiencing homelessness may begin the process of exploring their housing options. They provide entry and assessment for the Coordinated Entry System; there is no guarantee this assessment will lead to a housing resource. Individuals and families experiencing homelessness may call ahead to schedule an appointment.

To schedule an appointment for a Housing Triage Tool, households must contact a Regional Access Point directly.

Regional Access Points have limited walk-in hours available. Clicking the drop down arrow for each RAP below will list the walk-in hours available for that location. Walk-ins are first come first served.

RAP Catchment Areas: note that households experiencing homelessness in King County are able to access any RAP, not just the one they are located nearest.

List of Regional Access Points in King County

Catholic Community Services – Seattle

100 23rd Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98144

206-328-5900

Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. By appointment only. Drop-in clients often cannot be accommodated.

Please note: Due to demand it’s possible that not all households that seek a walk-in evaluation will be able to be accommodated at the time of walk-in.

Multi-Service Center- Federal Way

1200 S. 336th St., Federal Way, WA 98003

253-874-6718, then select Option 4 for the MSC Regional Access Point.

Beginning July 10, 2019, this phone line will be answered weekly on Wednesdays from 2-5 PM. Outside of that time, please leave a voicemail with your name, or an alias if you’d prefer to protect your identity, and a safe contact number or email address.

Alternatively, inquiries may be submitted via email to RAP@mschelps.org. Voicemails and emails will generally be returned within 3 business days, with some exceptions 

Walk-In Hours: In efforts to address slowing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, walk-in hours are temporarily suspended, and CEA assessments will temporarily be conducted over the phone. Diversion services will continue without interruption. Call 253-874-6718 for more information.

YWCA Renton

1010 S. 2nd St., Renton, WA 98057

425-523-1377

Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday hours by appointment only.

Walk-In Hours have been temporarily suspended as a preventative measure to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Learn more about King County COVID-19 Response.

Solid Ground – North Seattle

1501 N. 45th Street Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 694-6833
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Walk-in hours are Wednesdays from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, first-come first-served as time allows.

In efforts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, you can call (206) 694-6833 to be assessed for diversion or Coordinated Entry over the phone and not present in person at this Regional Access Point. Please be patient as call volume may be heavy.

Catholic Community Services – Bellevue 

The Salt House at Kirkland
11920 NE 80th St #100 Kirkland, WA 98033
Next to the New Bethlehem Shelter in Kirkland


(206) 328-5900

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. By appointment only. 

Population: All populations 

Please note: Drop-in clients cannot be accommodated at this site. 

Additional Access Points for Veterans

A Veteran (a person that served in the United States Military) experiencing homelessness can schedule an appointment for a Housing Triage Tool, by calling a Regional Access Point or the VETS ONE LIST at 877-904-8387.

Veterans can also get connected to housing resources and services through Operation: WelcomeOneHome.

The Washington State Department of Veteran Affairs Information and Assistance Call Center is the “Command Center” for Veterans and Neighbors to call to connect homeless Veterans to services. Outreach workers may be “dispatched” by the Call Center and will make contact within 24-hours to Veterans unable to travel. Established outreach methods include:

  • Phone
    • WDVA Veterans Information and Assistance Call Center at 206-454-2799; and 2-1-1 Community Information Line. 
  • Site based
    • WA State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) office: 2106 2nd Avenue, Suite 100, Seattle, WA 98121
    • VA Puget Sound Community Outreach and Housing Services (CHOS) Renton Walk-in Clinic: 419 S 2nd Street, Suite 2, Renton, WA 98057
  •  Community-based mobile outreach
    • Supportive Services for Veteran Families,
    • VA-Puget Sound CHOS, and
    • King County Veteran and Human Services outreach contracts [El Centro de la Raza, Evergreen Treatment Services (ETS) REACH, Sound Mental Health Project for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (SMH PATH), Therapeutic Health Services (THS), VA-Puget Sound, Valley Cities Counseling and Consultation (VCC), and WDVA].

Additional Access Points for Young Adults (Non-Parenting)

If you are between 17.5 and 24 years old and experiencing homeless in King County or are at imminent risk of being homeless within 14 days you can also complete a Housing Triage Tool Evaluation through the following agencies. Call or visit one of these agencies during the listed drop-in hours to be evaluated for services.

YouthCare’s James W. Ray Orion Center

1828 Yale Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

Drop In: Monday: 2-6p

Interested in Housing Navigation? Call 206-622-5555 to schedule an appointment for a CEA Housing Triage Tool evaluation.

New Horizons

2709 Third Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

Drop in: Mondays & Thursdays from 6-9pm (6pm by appointment, 7-9 walk/drop in)

Interested in Housing Navigation? Call  206-374-0866 to schedule an appointment for a CEA Housing Triage Tool evaluation.

*First hour by appointment only.

The Y Social Impact Center Arcadia

932 Auburn Way S, Auburn, WA 98002

Phone: (253) 740-7189

  • Clients are able to drop in between the hours of 1:00–4:30 pm on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
  • Clients are also able to call in to schedule an appointment within this same timeframe as well.
  • This location will conduct housing triage tools for clients across both Seattle/Central Seattle & South King County.

Click here for location details.

Interested in Housing Navigation? Call 253-939-2202 to schedule an appointment for a CEA Housing Triage Tool evaluation.

Friends of Youth Redmond

16225 NE 87th Street, #1, Redmond, WA 98052

Drop in: Tuesdays from 10:00am – 12:00pm 

Interested in Housing Navigation? Call 425-298-4846 to schedule an appointment for a CEA Housing Triage Tool evaluation.

Teen Feed

4740 B University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

  • Mon-Fri from 7-8pm, or Wednesdays during InReach from 2-4pm.

University District Youth Center

4516 15th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98105

  • Tuesdays & Thursdays: 12 pm-3pm

Interested in Housing Navigation? Call 206-522-4366 to schedule an appointment for a CEA Housing Triage Tool evaluation.

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