This is a guest blog written by Minnesota Community Care housing specialist.
Coordinated Entry for Youth and Singles (CEYS) is a program in Ramsey County for homeless individuals to seek housing. County Coordinated maintains a list of homeless individuals seeking housing and matches them to housing opportunities. Individuals may complete an assessment with an assessor to be put on the list. The assessment takes about forty five minutes and determines their level of priority on the Coordinated Entry Priority List. The assessment looks at barriers to housing as well as strengths to determine the person’s level of need. Coordinated Entry works with a variety of housing programs who report their vacancies to be filled. Coordinated Entry then looks for the next person on their list who matches with the criteria for that program.
Coordinated Entry is meant to identify and house the most vulnerable homeless in our community. It is not meant as a resource for people who are at risk of homelessness, but for people who are already on the street, in places not meant for habitation, or in emergency shelter. People must be screened to ensure they qualify for this particular program.
People can access screening and assessments at the library:
- Dayton’s Bluff Library: Mondays, 12:30-3 p.m.
- George Latimer Central Library: Thursdays, 2-4:30 p.m.
For immediate shelter contact Higher Ground at (651) 647-2330 or Union Gospel Mission at (651) 292-1721.
Families may seek housing and shelter by calling 211 to be screened for Coordinated Access to Housing and Shelter (CAHS).
For any questions please contact Caroline at 651-602-7549.