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The purpose of Coordinated Entry for All (CEA) is to ensure that all households experiencing homelessness have equitable access to housing resource connections to resolve their housing crisis. CEA aims to work with households to understand their strengths and needs, provide a tailored assessment process, and progressively engage households to connect to the housing and homeless assistance that will best support them. CEA incorporates the principles of a system-wide housing first approach and prioritizes those with highest service needs.

Currently, there are not sufficient housing resources available across the Continuum of Care to successfully house all households experiencing homelessness in King County. Coordinated Entry does not create new units or beds, but is a system implemented to ensure to ensure equitable access to limited resources. Please see our Regional Homelessness Data for more information.

Coordinated Entry


Is Not…

Inclusive of all CoC providers and resources

A program

Taking a Housing First approach to end homelessness

A waitlist

An evolving process using best practices

First-come, first-served

A data-driven approach to homeless service delivery

Creating new units or beds


Will Not…

Help the CoC make the best use of scarce resources

Reduce challenges of serving households with multiple barriers to obtaining or maintaining housing


Succeed with a collective effort from our community

Succeed without participation from all homeless service providers


Experiencing homelessness?

About Coordinated Entry for All
Experiencing homelessness?

CEA Eligibility

CEA serves all people (single adults, young adults, couples, families, and veterans) experiencing homelessness. Please contact CEA 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 CEA.


Contact Us

If you have questions about CEA, please contact 206-328-5796 or

If you are looking for referral to housing and support services, contact one of the regional access points locations.