Union Station Leads SGV Coordinated Entry System (SGVCOG Valley Voice)

CES team

Union Station’s Coordinated Entry System (CES) team will help connect homeless individuals and families to the proper services and homes and provide the assistance necessary to keep them in their homes.

The award winning programs offered by the Union Station Homeless Services are being expanded to communities throughout the San Gabriel Valley through partnerships with the United Way and the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA). Union Station will serve as the lead agency for the region’s Coordinated Entry System (CES) and the Homeless Family Solutions System (HFSS), a regional collaborative effort to match homeless individuals and families to the correct services and housing. More than 50 social services agencies operating in the region are supporting this effort to end chronic, veteran and family homelessness.

Founded in 1973 by a group of community volunteers, Union Station was opened as a hospitality center to serve poor and homeless men in downtown Pasadena. Since then, Union Station has grown and is now recognized as part of a premier group of human services agencies in Los Angeles County that are leading the way to ending homelessness in our community. Union Station is the San Gabriel Valley’s largest social service agency assisting homeless and very low-income adults and families. Union Station has helped rebuild the lives of thousands of people who were once homeless and without hope.
Union Station will work with its 52 partner agencies to offer a continuum of programs and services, including street outreach, intake and assessment, care coordination and navigation, housing, and referrals to medical and mental health services, among other services, in seven locations in the San Gabriel Valley. These services will now be available to the cities in the San Gabriel Valley.

Over the next several months, the SGVCOG staff will be working with Union Station representatives to coordinate a series of workshops and training programs for local elected and appointed officials, as well as employees from law enforcement, fire, human services and recreation departments to educate them on the various programs and services available and how to access services. Workshops will also be scheduled for representatives of religious organizations, schools and other community based groups to engage these groups in referring individuals and families in need of service.

For more information on the programs and services offered by the Union Station Homeless Services, please visit www.unionstationhs.org.

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