The Northwest Minnesota Continuum of Care is a regional planning body of representative stakeholders designed to promote a shared commitment to the goal of ending homelessness.
The following documents, links, and information are designed to support the work of our regional partners and those involved in the NWCoC.
2023 Notice of Funding Opportunity
The Northwest Minnesota Continuum of Care is now accepting applications for the 2023 annual Notice of Funding Opportunity for the CoC Program Competition.
The Northwest Minnesota Continuum of Care is now accepting applications for eligible renewal projects as listed on the 2023 Grant Inventory Worksheet and for new projects created through reallocation, CoC bonus, and/or DV bonus funding. Agencies who have not previously received CoC funding are encouraged to apply.
Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, governmental entities, and public housing agencies with projects aimed at addressing homelessness in the region.
The Northwest Continuum of Care is required to hold a local CoC Program Competition to evaluate, select and rank all projects the NWCoC wants to include in the region’s national consolidated application to HUD.
2023 ANNUAL NOFO COC COMPETITION
Notification of Intent to Apply is due August 4th, 2023, and full project applications are due August 25th, 2023.
Total funding available through HUD is expected to be around $1.5 million for the Northwest Continuum of Care’s region.
- 2023 Annual NOFO Document
- Application Timeline and Detailed Instructions
- NWCoC Intent to Apply Form (Due August 4th, 2023)
- NWCoC Project Application (Due August 25th, 2023)
- NWCoC Reallocation Policy
- NWCoC Housing First Assessment
- NWCoC Housing First Policy
- NWCoC Anti-Discrimination Policy
- NWCoC Appeal Process
- Scoring Criteria
- 2023 Grant Inventory Worksheet (GIW)
NWCoC Member Resources
MEMBERSHIP AND PLANNING
- Northwest Region map
- 2024 NWCoC Calendar
- 2024 Members, Board, and Committees
NWCoC Minutes and Executive Board Meeting Minutes
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING MINUTES
WHAT IS COORDINATED ENTRY?
The Northwest Coordinated Entry System (CES) is not a program, but a way of providing service. Utilizing progressive engagement, CES provides multiple points for access and assessment, while maintaining standardized processes and tools to improve linkage to mainstream and homeless services.
In HUD’s vision, the coordinated entry process is an approach to coordination and management of a crisis response system’s resources that allows users to make consistent decisions from available information to efficiently and effectively connect people to interventions that will rapidly end their homelessness.
CES will help our CoC better identify, document and evaluate system needs, as well as prioritize limited resources, assuring those who are most in need of services are prioritized for services. The CES in the NWCoC serves at the Homelessness Response System to accomplish the goals of the NWCoC to end homelessness.
Coordinated entry is . . .
- A client centered and uniform process for improving system-wide entry and referrals.
- An intervention designed to provide more rapid and simplified access to housing.
- A system which prioritizes limited resources to those who need it most.
- A system using real-time and region-wide data to inform current and future services.
- Active Listening Guide
- Diversion and Rapid Resolution Assessment
- Minnesota Homeless Prevention Assessment Tool
- NWCoC Coordinated Entry Assessment
- NWCoC Coordinated Entry Receipt and ROI
- HMIS Release of Information
- NWCoC Question Guide
- Coordinated Entry System Flyer
- HH Info Sheet for Diversion Intake form
POLICY & PROCEDURE
NWCoC CES Procedure Manual
- NWCoC CES Procedure Manual
- Access and Assessment
- Prioritization and Placement
- Appendix A System Map
- Appendix B Training Access
- Appendix C Diversion and Coordinated Entry Data Instructions
- Appendix D Case Conferencing Outline
- Appendix E Coordinated Entry Referral Process
- Appendix F Referral Workflow Map
- Appendix G CE Assessor Agency Check Report Instructions
Agency & Staff Agreements
NWCOC COORDINATED ENTRY SYSTEM TRAINING SERIES
See Appendix B Training Access under “NWCoC CES Procedure Manual” for additional training information.
Please note: If you are completing this training to gain access to the NWCoC Coordinated Entry System, please contact the NWCoC Priority List Manager before starting the training.
1. The “Why”
This training will assist in understanding “why” we have a homeless response system and why we collaborate and work together across the region.
2. NWCoC Training Overview and Key Materials
This training will provide an overview of the training materials specific to the NWCoC Coordinated Entry System.
3. NWCoC System Overview
This training will provide an overview of the NWCoC Coordinated Entry System and the key phases of working with clients through the system.
4. NWCoC Overview of Forms
This training provides an overview of the forms used to collect assessment data for the NWCoC Coordinated Entry System.
5. Access and Assessment
This training provides in-depth and detailed instruction on the Access and Assessment phases of the Coordinated Entry System.
6. Prioritization and Placement (Referral)
This training provides an in-depth and detailed instruction on the Prioritization and Placement phases of the Coordinated Entry System.
7. Project Transfers, Moving On, and Waivers
This training provides information on project transfers, the CoC’s moving on procedures, and waivers from system requirements.
- MPAT Training Documents (Sept. 2019)
- NWCoC – PHA Emergency Housing Voucher Info Session Slides
- NWCOC – PHA Emergency Housing Voucher Info Session Video
HMIS CES webpage: http://hmismn.org/coordinated-entry
For information about the HUD CES requirements click here.
Wilder Study 2018
ABOUT THE STUDY
Wilder Research has conducted a statewide study of homelessness since 1991.
The study is a point-in-time survey of people throughout the state who meet the federal definition of homelessness. It includes counts and estimates of the number of people who are homeless, and a survey of homeless people. The survey is conducted every three years on the last Thursday in October at emergency shelters, domestic violence shelters, transitional housing programs, social service agencies, encampments and abandoned buildings. About two-thirds of the interviews take place in the Twin Cities area.
The information gathered from the survey is the primary source of descriptive data on the causes and circumstances of people who become homeless and is the only source of data on homeless people not in some type of shelter. Findings are used to provide an accurate picture of homelessness in Minnesota and to promote efforts to create permanent, affordable housing for all Minnesotans.
The statewide survey grew out of a survey of homelessness first conducted in Saint Paul in 1984. Since its inception, the study has relied on the efforts of service providers, homeless advocates, government agency workers, and volunteers to successfully plan and conduct the face-to-face interviews. It is funded by a private-public partnership including the State of Minnesota and private foundations. We also receive help from corporations, who provide volunteers and in-kind donations.
A companion study is conducted on Minnesota’s American Indian reservations in partnership with several Minnesota tribes.