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What is the difference between an emergency shelter and a transitional shelter/transitional housing?

October 16 2020 7:16 pm

Individuals generally access emergency shelter directly from an unsheltered situation. In contrast, most transitional shelter/transitional housing programs require an individual to be referred by the local Continuum of Care’s Coordinated Entry System (CES). The differences between emergency shelter and transitional shelter/transitional housing are largely based on sources of funding, and in some cases on the configuration of the space. In general, both emergency shelter and transitional shelter/transitional housing provide short-term places for people with nowhere else to live to stay temporarily and receive assistance to seek and obtain longer-term housing.