Coordinated Entry

Coordinated Entry in Minnesota is well underway! We are not currently updating this page with any new documentation or training. New materials are distributed to assessors (aka screeners) and housing agencies via in-person and webinar trainings by our team. If you need materials, please contact

All information below is in regards to previous pilot projects that were implemented by Wilder.

To better serve people experiencing homelessness, HMIS is enhancing its ability to thoughtfully and securely share data among providers across the state. Several Minnesota regions are piloting data sharing and have seen improvements in service delivery, service provision, data quality, and communication between partners. These are essential improvements as Minnesota prepares for Coordinated Entry implementations. Read HUD’s Coordinated Entry Policy Brief for more information. For more information about Coordinated Entry around the state visit MN Housing’s Coordinated Entry page.

Hennepin County Coordinated Entry Pilot

Hennepin County launched their Coordinated Entry pilot project on July 8, 2015 with four of their largest family shelters (Ascension Place – St. Anne’s Place, Beacon’s Families Moving Forward, People Serving People, and The Drake Hotel). Workers from St. Stephen’s Human Services and the Hennepin County Shelter team are involved in the Coordinated Entry as Rapid Rehousing Screeners. Central intake is completed by the Hennepin County Shelter Team (HST). They collect client demographic information and complete a set of custom HST Household Assessments to identify barriers, housing history, and client needs. The HST tracks goals and other pertinent information as long as families are in shelter. For each household, HST makes a referral to one of the participating shelters via ServicePoint.

West Central Data Sharing Pilot

In preparation for data sharing across the state, the West Central CoC began their data sharing pilot in October 2014.  The pilot group is made up of 6 agencies (Clay County HRA, Churches United for the Homeless, Dorothy Day, Lakes and Prairies, Mahube, and West Central MN Community Action), not all projects at each agency are sharing data. The participating providers are using a shared assessment, which includes the Vulnerability Index-Service Prioritization and Decision Assistance Tool (Vi-SPDAT). This pilot will prepare the region and state for Coordinated Entry.


St. Louis Data Sharing Pilot