Coordinated Entry

Coordinated Entry in the River Valleys CoC Region is a collaborative initiative designed to create a more effective and efficient homeless response system.  A coordinated entry system is defined as a coordinated process designed to coordinate program participant intake, assessment, and provision of referrals, which covers the entire geographic area. It must be easily accessed by individuals and families seeking housing or services, well-advertised, and include a comprehensive and standardized assessment tool.

Coordinated Entry Toolkit

Policies and Procedures

River Valleys CoC has developed detailed policies and procedures for Coordinated Entry in our region. Agencies and programs participating in the Coordinated Entry System agree to follow the Policies and Procedures. The River Valleys CoC Coordinated Entry Policies and Procedures align with the Statewide framework, which was adopted by all CoC regions in Minnesota. 

Agency Participation

Agencies and programs participate in the Coordinated Entry System as access sites, assessors, navigators, and housing providers. All agencies that participate are required to complete and submit a Partner Agreement. Housing/service providers are required to also submit a program eligibility addendum. Assessors are required to complete training on the housing problem solving and CE assessment process.

Participating agencies are required to use approved forms for completing assessments and receiving referrals. The most current version of forms will be posted here. 

Assessor Forms

Procedures & Required Forms for Assessors
Other Resources for Assessors

Housing Provider Forms

Procedures & Required Forms for Housing Providers

Additional Resources for All CE Providers


Move Up Voucher Program 

What it's about

River Valleys CoC has entered a partnership with two public housing authorities to create a Move Up Voucher Program. The Move Up Voucher Program supports positive exits from permanent supportive housing, rapid re-housing, or transitional housing programs for participants who no longer need intensive or site-based services within a program but whose housing stability would be at risk without rental assistance at exit. It also helps to maximize rental assistance and services resources available in the community by partnering with public housing authorities and best matching people to housing based on their current needs, strengths, and desires.  

How it works 

The Move Up Voucher Program is available for at least 30 participant households currently in PSH, RRH, or TH programs in the CoC region. Here's how it works:

  1. ASSESS: To get started, participants and Housing Provider staff meet together to consider the Move Up opportunity. If the participant is interested, they will complete a Move Up Assessment. 
  2. REQUEST: After the assessment, the Housing Provider completes a Move Up Request form and submits it online to the CoC.  
  3. REFER: Each week, CoC staff reviews Move Up Requests received by Wednesday at 11:59:59pm and places them on a prioritized referral list for each Housing Authority by Friday. The priority list for each Housing Authority is set up based on the criteria approved by the Coordinated Entry committee.  
  4. APPLY: Each housing authority will contact participants requesting Move Up Vouchers in the order of the priority list. Participants apply to the Housing Authority program to receive a voucher for either their current housing or a new housing unit.  Housing Providers assist participants to gather and provide eligibility information.  
  5. MOVE UP: Participants use the voucher for the housing unit they've selected. They can Move Up in place by a simple change of vouchers or they can Move Up in a new unit

Tools & Guides for Housing Providers

Program Status Reports: 8/12/2021, 7/12/2021

Current participating housing and rental assistance programs:

  • Mankato EDA Emergency Housing Vouchers, Mainstream Vouchers, and others as identified
  • Rice County HRA Emergency Housing Vouchers 

Other rental assistance administrators and owners of affordable housing may seek partnerships with the CoC to refer households to their property or program. Contact Jennifer for details. 


Homeless Response Teams

Homeless Response Teams provide an efficient and complete network of service to participants in need. Additionally, they serve as a resource for:

  • Community education about housing and homeless issues
  • Advocacy in seeking additional funding resources and services for the homeless population
  • Data collection and needs assessments for specific grant opportunities, the Wilder Survey and HUD's Point-in-Time Count

Homeless Response Teams consist of service providers including but not limited to the local Community Action Agency, the county social services, the Housing and Redevelopment Authority, mental health service providers, the Salvation Army, church representatives, shelter representatives, transitional and permanent supportive housing representatives, advocates for victims of domestic violence, Public Health, etc.

For details on your local Homeless Response Team, contact the nearest Community Action Agency.