Coordinated Entry System


Every Door Open

Every Door Open is the bi-county’s Coordinated Entry System (CES). It is based on national best practices and is consistent with federal guidelines, which ensure that our most vulnerable neighbors are receiving the limited housing resources in our community.

Through a partnership with service and housing providers, Every Door Open is structured to deliver a more consistent level of services and housing to those that are at-risk of homelessness or experiencing homelessness in Kings/Tulare counties. Every Door Open coordinates local investment towards ending homelessness, in order to increase our ability to prevent and reduce homelessness.

Every Door Open directs households who are at-risk of becoming homeless or are currently experiencing homelessness, to seek assistance through a Housing Navigator, partner agency, or through 2-1-1. Households are evaluated through the Vulnerability Index Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool (VI-SPDAT). Assistance is prioritized for households who have been literally homeless for long periods of time and have high service needs.


  • Shared goals
    Providers and other community stakeholders are more focused on serving priority populations.

  • Increased coordination
    Providers work together with a client-centered approach.

  • Universal access
    Designed so that those most likely to be underserved are engaged and assessed for potential housing intervention and other supportive service needs.

  • New partnerships
    CES incorporates a wide variety of stakeholders such as housing and service providers, faith-based agencies, law enforcement, and jurisdictional leaders.

  • Maximized resources
    People with the highest needs are matched with the most intensive resources. This saves the community money by greatly reducing the client’s need to utilize crisis or emergency services to meet basic needs.

  • Improved decision-making
    Funders are able to clearly see where the needs are and distribute resources to meet those needs.

VI-SPDAT training video 

This video is about VI-SPDAT v2.0 US Single