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Coordinated Entry for All (CEA) ensures that people experiencing homelessness in King County can get help finding stable housing by quickly identifying, evaluating, and connecting them to housing support services and housing resources. CEA uses a standardized Housing Triage Tool that matches the right level of services and housing resources to the persons facing a housing crisis.

Learn more about CEA and read the frequently asked questions (FAQs). FAQs available in English, Russian, Amharic, Tigrinya, Somali, and Vietnamese and Spanish. See the interactive dashboard to get information on people experiencing homelessness.

*Effective Monday, November 27th; families experiencing literal homelessness or fleeing domestic violence (eligibility for emergency shelter has not changed) and who are in need of same day access to shelter will call the Family Emergency Shelter Access Line every day they are in need of shelter at 9:00 am (no end time). If a shelter bed is available, families will be contacted by shelters providers throughout King County in the afternoon and evening. Please help us make sure eligible families in need of same day access to shelter are able to easily connect by limiting distribution of the intake line (206-245-1026) to only those who are eligible. If you are unsure if a family is eligible they can call 2-1-1. 

How CEA works

CEA serves all people (single adults, young adults, couples, families, and veterans) experiencing homelessness. Please contact CEA if you are:

  • Living and sleeping outside
  • Sleeping in a place not meant for human habitation
  • Staying in a shelter 
  • Fleeing/attempting to flee domestic violence 
  • Exiting an institution where you resided for up to 90 days and were in shelter or a place not meant for human habitation immediately prior to entering that institution or exiting transitional housing

Young adults who are imminently at risk of homelessness within 14 days are also eligible for CEA.



Steps to getting help for households experiencing homelessness and in need of housing support services:
1 Meet in-person with a housing assessor at a Regional Access Point for a screening.

OR

Call 211 to schedule a screening appointment.           
2 Receive a referral for services, depending on the level of need.
3 Connect to housing resources.
Contact Us

If you have questions about CEA, please contact 206-328-5796 or cea@kingcounty.gov.

If you are looking for referral to housing and support services, contact one of the regional access points locations or call 211.