Coordinated Assessment System

All housing and service providers who receive funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Continuum of Care (CoC) or Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) are required to participate in the Coordinated Assessment (also referred to as Coordinated Entry) system. The Coordinated Assessment system (CAT) is a proven national best practice and all housing and service providers in the county are encouraged to participate. When implemented effectively, coordinated assessment can minimize the time and frustration consumers who are in crisis may face when trying to access services and also:

  1. Reduce new entries into homelessness through a coordinated system of diversion and prevention efforts;
  2. Prevent people experiencing homelessness from entering into multiple programs before having their needs met
  3. Reduce or erase the need for individual provider wait lists
  4. Foster increased collaboration between homelessness assistance providers
  5. Improve the community’s ability to perform well on Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) outcomes, and progress the goal of ending homelessness.
  6. Ensure that agencies are providing housing to the most vulnerable populations

The CoC utilizes a “No Wrong Door” approach, which means that persons experiencing homelessness can be assessed and referred to services using the 211 information line, or by walking into one of our main assessment center.

Primary CAT Assessment Centers

Call 211 to find an assessment center near you

Tompkins Community Action 607-273-8816
Catholic Charities 607-272-5062
OAR 607-272-7885
Family & Children’s Community Outreach Worker 607-793-3776
The Learning Web 607-272-8162

Additional Resources for Coordinated Assessment

HUD Coordinated Entry Policy Brief

NAEH Webinar: Coordinated Entry and Systems Change

Coordinated Assessment Toolkit

“One Way In: The Advantages of Introducing System- Wide Coordinated Entry for Homeless Families”

Sample Chronic Homelessness Checklist from HUD Exchange

HUD’s Flowchart of the Definition of Chronic Homelessness