Coordinated Access

The information and resources here are intended to answer questions and support your community to develop and sustain a strong Coordinated Access system on your journey to ending homelessness.

Keep checking back here as we will be regularly updating materials and adding further resources.

Coordinated Access Information and Overview

Coordinated Access is a way for communities to bring consistency to the process by which people experiencing or at risk of homelessness access housing and related services within a geographic area. Core components of a strong Coordinated Access system include a Housing First approach; real-time data about the supply of and demand for housing resources; and a streamlined service delivery approach with access points to service, a standardized workflow for triage and assessment; prioritization; and vacancy matching and referral. (Reaching Home Definition)

Included below a variety of resources to provide you with an overview and further information about Coordinated Access:

Reaching Home: 

General Information:

Common Assessment Tools 
Coordinated Access Scorecard 3.0

The Coordinated Access (CA) Scorecard 3.0 is the updated 18 question self-assessment tool that assists you to develop and make improvements in your Coordinated Access system.  This Scorecard includes three levels of quality: 1) Reaching Home, 2) Basic Quality, and 3) Advanced Quality. 

For more information, see the Coordinated Access Scorecard 3.0 launch webinar or PowerPoint PDF. Read more about the Scorecard in the Guide below.

DRAFT Coordinated Access Scorecard Guide

The CA Scorecard Guide 3.0 explains what the CA Scorecard is, makes suggestions for how to use it, and walks you through the questions (including a further description, tips and sample resources).

CA Scorecard 3.0

The CA Scorecard 3.0 is part of the Scorecards & Tools Google Worksheet (view only – you can make a copy for your community). 

The Scorecards & Tools Google Worksheet includes the following seven tabs:

  • Tab #1: Instructions
  • Tab #2: About Your Community
  • Tab #3: By-Name List Scorecard 3.0
  • Tab #4: Coordinated Access Scorecard 3.0
  • Tab #5: Provider Participation Tool
  • Tab #6: Provider Participation Tool – Instructions and Results
  • Tab #7: Work Plan

Each question in the CA Scorecard 3.0 has links to the appropriate supporting information in the CA Scorecard Guide. Review the CA Scorecard with your community – document your progress and plan your next steps.  Here are some ideas for Scorecard Group Exercises.

Coordinated Access Tools and Community Examples

Coordinated Access (sometimes called coordinated entry) materials from a variety of Canadian and US communities are included below:

us Toolkits and Community Examples:
CAEH Tools:
Action Oriented Case Conferencing
Canadian Community Coordinated Access Examples:

Chatham-Kent – CK Cares Coordinated Access Materials:

Dufferin Coordinated Access Materials:

  • CA Materials Folder – includes policies and protocols on outreach, intake, appeals, out of area and more.

Durham Region Materials:

Fort McMurray Materials:

Guelph-Wellington’s Coordinated Access System (DOOR) Materials:

Kawartha-Haliburton Coordinated Access Materials:

Medicine Hat Materials:

Moncton Materials:

Niagara Region Materials:

Peterborough Materials:

Red Deer Materials:

Saint John Materials:

Simcoe County Materials:

St. John’s (End Homelessness St. John’s) Materials:

Waterloo’s Coordinated Access Prioritized Access to Housing Stability (PATHS) Materials:

Windsor’s Coordinated Access (BNPL) Materials:

Coordinated Access/HMIS Sample Job Descriptions

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