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Program Description

  Coordinated Entry

Coordinated entry is a process developed to ensure that all people experiencing a housing crisis have fair and equal access to remedies and are quickly identified, assessed for, referred, and connected to housing and assistance based on their strengths and needs. Within a Coordinated Entry System, each person is prioritized for housing based on vulnerability using a data-driven, real-time process. Montgomery County's Coordinated Entry System embraces Housing First principles of low barrier access, consumer choice, community integration, and housing orientation.

Program Contacts

Contact Christine Hong of the HHS - Services to End and Prevent Homelessness at 240.777.1179 or Deborah Lambert of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2794 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY22Actual FY23Estimated FY24Target FY25Target FY26
Number of homeless individuals with a completed vulnerability assessment (Using the VI-SPDAT) to determine housing placement 11,0289821,004970932
Coordinated Entry: Days from housing program assignment to housed 2931191069076
Percent of homeless households with a completed vulnerability assessment (using the VI-SPDAT) to determine housing placement 367%79%72%78%85%
1  The number of individuals with completed assessments decreased in FY23 because of less client engagement due to staff turnovers in emergency shelters.
2  The housing rental market increased which made it harder to find affordable units. Coordinated entry is looking at both permanent supportive housing and rapid rehousing clients. In addition, rental application requirements were more restrictive in accepting program clients as tenants. The program projects these two conditions will continue into FY24 and is working to strengthen landlord relationships, recruit new landlords, and ensure the housing locator team is equipped with necessary trainings.
3  In FY23, homeless services staff pushed for the completion of up-to-date assessments for clients, resulting in an uptick of assessments completed. There were also more households exiting emergency shelters, which allowed the program to assign incoming households to case managers. In the coming fiscal years, a newly hired social worker will be conducting regular assessment training to ensure all case managers are equipped to complete timely and accurate assessments.

Program Budget Changes

FY25 Recommended ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY24 Approved16718028.90
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.-2057091.00
FY25 Recommended14660939.90