West Central Minnesota

Continuum of Care

CARES Coordinated Entry


Are you homeless or at risk of homelessness?

If you are currently homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless, please contact one of the providers in your county of residence.

List of Access, Assessment & Housing Sites

  • Clay & Wilkin: Lakes & Prairies Community Action– (218) 512-1550 or ((800)452-3646 Ex. 1550 
  • Becker: Mahube-otwa (218) 847-1385 
  • Otter Tail: Mahube-otwa (218) 739-3011 
  • Wadena: Mahube-otwa - (218) 632-3600 
  • Douglas, Grant, Traverse, Stevens, Pope - West Central MN Community Action – (218) 685-4486 

f you are homeless or at risk of homeless elsewhere in MN, please refer to the following list of sites by county

Contact the West Central MN CARES Specialist/Priority List Manager:

Chauntel Gorres

Phone: 701-446-9498


For information on CES IN HMIS

HMIS CES webpage: http://hmismn.org/coordinated-entry/

MN Coordinated Entry
or information about the State of MN CES planning click here. To find contacts for other MN CoC regions, scroll to the bottom of the page under Contacts. 

For information about the HUD CES require

Simplified Data Entry Instructions

The housing provider data entry instructions posted to the Minnesota HMIS website in March 2020 were last updated in July of that same year. Recognizing that those instructions were overdue for a refresh, and leveraging learnings acquired from our users in the intervening years, the sprawling 25-page PDF document has been replaced by five concise Knowledge Base articles:

A New Data Quality Tool

The 294 CE Housing Provider Data Check report is a tool we’re really excited about. Prior to this report’s release, the primary way housing providers could check for data entry issues was to run the 258 CE Housing Referrals and 267 CE Housing Provider Audit reports, then manually try to identify missing or inaccurate data. With the 294 CE Housing Provider Data Check report, however, HMIS users have a tool dedicated to spotting potential problems.

Interested in exploring this new report? Take a look at the 294 CE Housing Provider Data Check Report Guide for instructions on how to run the report and correct any issues it identifies!

Updated Resources Page

Lastly, the Coordinated Entry page of the Minnesota HMIS website has been updated to remove retired resources and streamline the navigation experience. Changes have been applied to the assessor and Priority List Manager sections of that page as well.