Coordinated Entry is the front door to connect people facing homelessness to housing and supports in an accessible, equitable, transparent manner. This allows all partners to collaborate to improve access and outcomes for people without permanent housing while delivering trauma informed services. People facing homelessness are asked to complete a Housing Assessment and linked to housing, if eligible, as opportunities become available.
People facing homelessness can find information about Coordianted Entry via "Connect to End Homeless": this tool guides users through a personalized survey to determine eligibility for Coordinated Entry Access points and other resources. People can complete the survey by using the Connect to End Homelessness chat window or by texting "connect" to 773-786-9916.
View shelter options and next steps by clicking here.
Please visit any hospital emergency room or police station in Chicago, or call 311 and request transportation to shelter.
Chicago Coordinated Entry System
All Chicago: Making Homelessness History
Suburban Coordinated Entry System
Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County
B.E.N. represents a robot who knows a lot about the homeless experience. He helps personalize the survey-taking process. DataMade (a civic technology company in Chicago) designed B.E.N. and Connect to End Homelessness in partnership with the Corporation for Supportive Housing (a non-profit that advances supportive housing solutions).