Coordinated Entry
Coordinated entry is a process developed to ensure that all people experiencing a housing crisis have fair and equal access and are quickly identified, assessed for, referred, and connected to housing and assistance based on their strengths and needs. 

The  Southen Maryland  Local Homelessness Coalition  partners with the local Department of Social Services (LDSS) in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties for homeless crisis response. The local LDSS serves as the point of access for homeless prevention, diversion and housing services in each jurisdiction. The LDSS ensures that any person who is experiencing a housing crisis has access to the Coordinated Entry System (CES) and is screened for eligibility for all mainstream services.

During business hours (at minimum Monday through Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm), people experiencing a housing crisis or homelessness contact the Local Department of Social Services (LDSS) in their community for a single, streamlined assessment and referral process to meet their housing and service needs. Access to all government-funded housing programs requires every household seeking assistance to have gone through intake and assessment at their LDSS. If an individual or family is not physically able to access the LDSS site, staff will either go to the household in need or provide transportation for them to get to an LDSS location.

LDSS Locations:

St. Mary's County 
23110 Leonard Hall Dr, Leonardtown, MD 20650
21775 Great Mills Rd, Lexington Park, MD 20653

Charles County â€‹
200 Kent Ave, La Plata, MD 20646

Calvert County 
200 Duke St, Prince Frederick, MD 20678