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King County is currently operating on emergency response mode due to severe weather. The Coordinated Entry team will be working to support people seeking homelessness resources and experiencing unsheltered homelessness. This will be our team's top priority while the weather remains severe, which is currently projected through Wednesday, January 15, 2020.

CEA will be staffing the email and phone line in real time. Please reach out to or 206-328-5796 with general questions or to be directed to resources. Read the alert box below for shelter information.

The purpose of Coordinated Entry for All (CEA) is to ensure that all households experiencing homelessness have equitable access to housing resource connections to resolve their housing crisis. The system aims to work with households to understand their strengths and needs, provide a tailored assessment process, and progressively engage households to connect to the housing and homeless assistance that will best support them. CEA incorporates the principles of a system-wide housing first approach and prioritizes those with highest service needs through a Dynamic Prioritization model. Dynamic Prioritization is a revised coordinated entry approach which uses population-specific prioritization criteria (i.e., assessment result, unsheltered status, length of time homeless) to identify the most vulnerable households and utilizes a case conferencing model to connect prioritized households to housing based on the anticipated number of available housing resources over the next 60 days.

Learn more about CEA by reading 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.


Shelter Information:

Family Shelter

Mary’s Place has offered for families that are looking for shelter to call the Emergency Family Shelter Intake Line operated by Mary’s Place at 206-245-1026. They are extending their family shelter intake line next week.  Normal hours are 8am-4pm, they are extending 8am-8pm for direct intake, after hours goes to a shelter staff person. Mary’s Place will not turn away any family on any day/night below 32 degrees. If a family needs transportation to get to a shelter location, they will work with their partners at Uber and Lyft to accommodate those needs.

King County Administration Building Shelter

King County’s Severe Weather Shelter will be open Sunday night, January 12th through Wednesday night, January 15th, with expanded capacity.The Severe Weather Shelter is located at the King County Administration Building located at 500 4th Avenue in downtown Seattle.

The shelter serves people who identify as men, age 18 and older from 7:00 PM to 6:00 AM.  People may go directly to the shelter, referral forms are not required.The shelter is operated by Salvation Army staff. For additional information, please email

City of Seattle Exhibition Hall Shelter

The City of Seattle will open a severe weather shelter for adults (all genders) starting Sunday night, January 12th through Sunday night, January 19th at the Exhibition Hall at the Seattle Center – 301 Mercer Street – Seattle, WA 98109. The shelter will open at 8pm each night and will close at 7am.  Referral forms are NOT required. The shelter is operated by Salvation Army.

CEA Eligibility

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.

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.           
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

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