***Central Entry is a regional housing support program.
If you need emergency shelter after hours or on weekends please click here.
Getting Help is as Easy as 1, 2, 3
Call Central Entry 540.724.6630
Speak to a live Central Entry Specialist or leave a message and we will return your call.
Take 5-10 minutes to answer simple questions about your living status and finances.
Learn what your eligibility is, connect with providers, and discover which resources can help.
*Currently there is no physical location for the Central Entry program - all processes are completed via phone only.
What is Central Entry?
Central Entry (C.E.) screens those in need of services to determine their eligibility for limited rental assistance, rental deposits, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing, and other similar services. Central Entry does not provide any financial assistance themselves or direct services.
Central Entry provides free information and referral to connect those with housing needs to resources in the community that may offer assistance.
What is the C.E. Mission?
To rapidly connect those experiencing homelessness and those at risk of homelessness to the providers and resources best suited to meet their needs.
The Central Entry Specialist uses a uniform screening tool for each request and does not discriminate based on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status.
Central Entry & other FHN Affiliated Assistance programs are based on need, submission date, and resource availability. If you disagree with any decision made, you have the right to appeal the decision.
Permanent Supportive Housing
Central Entry is a streamlined community system for emergency & homeless services, rental assistance, and shelter resources. All individuals seeking support are processed through Central Entry, which consists of a short phone-screening, after which individuals are provided with their resource options or referred to applicable/available providers.
Rapid Re-Housing programs offer financial assistance and/or housing-focused case management to help households obtain permanent housing quickly after experiencing homelessness. This enables communities to shorten the length of time people experience homelessness, opening beds for others who need them and reducing the public and personal costs of homelessness.
The prevention program is used to divert households from entering into shelter systems by providing case management and/or financial assistance.
Prevention services are prioritized by focusing on serving the most vulnerable in order to best utilize resources and serve as many individuals as possible.
This is a strategy that prevents homelessness for people seeking assistance by helping them problem solve and find potential solutions. Other community resources are utilized to improve financial situations that result in housing stabilization. Diversion, like prevention can reduce the number of people entering homelessness and the demand for shelter beds.
PSH, is permanent housing coupled with supportive services offered for as long as needed, and is the solution to chronic homelessness. With appropriate supports, permanent housing can serve as a foundation for rehabilitation, therapy, and improved health of individuals experiencing chronic homelessness. PSH is not only successful at ending chronic homelessness, but is often also cost-efficient. People experiencing long-term homelessness often incur significant public costs, through emergency room visits, run-ins with law enforcement, incarceration, and access to existing poverty and homeless programs. A number of cost and case studies have demonstrated that PSH largely or totally offsets these costs while ending homelessness for the individuals served.
Affordable Housing is central to the success of Housing First programs and vital for preventing and ending homelessness. Most often homelessness occurs when people or households are unable to acquire and/or maintain housing they can afford. It is the scarcity of affordable housing in the United States that is behind this inability to acquire or maintain housing.