A coordinated intake system provides a single or coordinated method by which homeless people and those at risk find and access shelter, housing and/or services. Typically, the intake conducts outreach, initial prescreen survey intake (including eligibility determinations such as income and housing status), service prioritization assessment and program referral or program placement/reservations (such as shelter bed reservations.) Optimally, this is done with a standardized tool and process for identifying client/household’s resources and barriers to housing and for targeting interventions to meet their needs.
Several organizations have signed a letter of commitment to support the Homelessness Task Force of Greater Kansas City’s vision to address, reduce and, ideally, end homelessness in the Kansas City region by building a more unified system. These local partners agree to the set of principles developed by the community that underlie the task force’s work driving change toward a more unified system.
More information about building a common agenda:
Coordinated Intake System
Service Prioritization Domain Listing
Principles to Guide the Building of a Unified Homeless and Housing System
KC System Map (DRAFT 1: April 2014)
HTF Unified System Infographic
Building a Common Agenda Summit
The HTF hosted Iain De Jong, a leading expert in coordinated intake and housing first, for a summit to build a common agenda among Kansas City's homeless programs.
View Iain's presentation at the HTF Quarterly Meeting, Oct. 25, 2013
Visit Iain's Vimeo page to view this information with helpful animation.