CARES and Emergency Shelter Access
CARES or Coordinated Assessment Referral and Evaluation System is the name of the regional system for coordinated entry into homeless services. It is a partnership between the West Central Minnesota Continuum of Care (CoC), the North Dakota CoC, the FM Coalition for Homeless Persons, and the White Earth Nation. Its purpose is to streamline access to homeless services and make the system client-centered, rather than agency-centered. We use shared (common) assessment tools, prioritize people into housing based on their vulnerability (level of need), and divert people with resources away from emergency shelter in order to save those beds for those without resources or supports.
You can access the FM Emergency Shelter network by calling 701-499-0000 or by clicking on the careslink logo.