Coordinated Assessment 
Referral & Evaluation SysteM (CARES)

Under the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program interim rule, each CoC must establish and operate a coordinated assessment system.  Coordinated assessment is a powerful tool designed to ensure that homeless persons are matched with the right intervention, among all of the interventions available in the CoC, as quickly possible.  It standardizes the access and assessment process for all clients and coordinates referrals across providers in the CoC.  When providers intake and assess clients using the same process, and when referrals are conducted with an understanding of all programs, including their offered services and bed availability, participants can be served with the most appropriate intervention and not with a "first come, first served" approach.