Housing and Community Development

Dear Community Partner:

The County of Santa Barbara, Division of Housing and Community Development is pleased to issue this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to identify an interested and qualified provider to serve as the Coordinating Agency for the Coordinated Entry System (CES) for the Santa Maria/Santa Barbara Continuum of Care (CoC) for 2018.

A Coordinated Entry System (CES) is a community-wide system to standardize and expedite the process by which people experiencing homelessness, or who are at risk of homelessness, access housing and homeless resources. It connects the community’s network of homeless services and housing resources while streamlining, standardizing, and coordinating the homeless intake, assessment, and referral processes. Through CES, people experiencing homelessness will be matched to services and housing based on their preferences and level of need. Standardizing the intake process across the county, sharing information in real-time, and adopting uniform prioritization policies are all at the core of a high-performing CES.

HUD has mandated that all CoCs implement their CES by January 23, 2018. Leading up to this implementation, the County of Santa Barbara is seeking an interested and qualified provider to serve as the Coordinating Agency for the CES. The overarching responsibility of the CES Coordinating Agency is to ensure that homeless persons receiving services in the County are accessing those services through the CES. The CES Coordinating Agency is responsible for the success of the CES project including its day-to-day activities, oversight, and evaluation, and management of the CES. There will be one CES Coordinating Agency for the entire CoC.

Interested applicants should carefully review the Request for Qualifications and complete the Application and Budget Workbook below:

Coordinated Entry RQF

Coordinated Entry RFQ Application

Coordinated Entry RFQ Budget Workbook