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Since 1995, the Pasadena Partnership to End Homelessness has served as the lead agency for the Pasadena Continuum of Care. The Continuum of Care (CoC) is a planning process implemented by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in 1994. As one of the largest sources of federal funding for programs that address the needs of people who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless, HUD recognized the need for a more coordinated, collaborative, and community-driven approach to allocating resources to communities. The Continuum of Care process is the process by which communities identify local needs, develop strategies, and submit a single application to HUD for funding for programs designed to meet the needs in the community.

The Pasadena Partnership is governed by a Board of Directors composed of representatives from the community. In its role as the lead agency for the CoC, the Pasadena Partnership promotes integrated, community-wide strategies and plans to prevent and end homelessness; provides coordination among the numerous local organizations and initiatives that serve the homeless population, and manage the CoC’s single, comprehensive grant application to HUD for McKinney-Vento funding which includes Continuum of Care funds and State Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds.

Our Mission

The Pasadena Partnership to End Homelessness is dedicated to planning and developing evidence-based strategies to prevent and end homelessness in Pasadena, CA.

Coordinated Entry System

The Coordinated Entry System (CES) is a county-wide system process for facilitating access to all resources designated for homeless individuals and families, identifying and assessing needs in a transparent and consistent way, and referring clients to the most appropriate service strategy or housing intervention. In doing so, CES ensures the Pasadena Partnership’s limited resources are allocated to achieve the most effective results. Two integrated systems, one for families (CES-F) and one for individuals (CES), have been developed in Pasadena that together function as a community-wide coordinated entry process for everyone who is experiencing homelessness. The system ensures that people experiencing homelessness have equitable, centralized, and timely access to housing resources in a person-centered approach that preserves choice and dignity.

To help agencies ensure compliance with HUD’s recordkeeping requirements, the Pasadena Partnership has established a standardized set of Recordkeeping Forms. All agencies receiving CoC and ESG funding should use these forms to ensure program eligibility.

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The Coordinated Entry System Written Standards describe the CES process, policies, and program evaluation.

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HUD provides guidance on Coordinated Entry through the HEARTH Interim Rule, various HUD Notices, FAQs, and published guides.

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