programs supported by

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. All TCH clients will be assessed via the Coordinated Entry process before determining program eligibility in order to best identify the client’s strengths, assets, barriers, needs, and preferences. In September of 2019, Tahoe Coalition for the Homeless became the lead agency for Coordinated Entry in El Dorado County.



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Outreach Services

Outreach is the process of meeting potential clients where they are and bringing individuals who may not access traditional services into treatment. Our Street Outreach Team has face-to-face interactions with individuals experiencing homelessness at community meals and in homeless encampments throughout the community. Our team builds relationships with potential clients, building trust until the client is prepared to seek the services they need. When available, our team is also able to provide individuals experiencing homelessness with small items such as clean socks, bus passes, and shower vouchers.

You can find our street outreach team at the following locations:
Monday – Bread and Broth – 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Wednesday – The Phoenix – 11:00am – 12:00pm
Friday – Bread and Broth – 5:00pm – 6:00pm


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Engaging our
Homeless Community


The Projects for Assistance in Transitioning from Homelessness (PATH) program provides services for people with serious mental illness (SMI) who are experiencing homelessness or are at imminent risk of homelessness. The program is designed to connect clients with community mental healthcare, provide case management, and improve access to housing.  

Eligibility Requirements
The individual is determined to be experiencing SMI or co-occurring SMI and substance use disorder, and the individual is experiencing homelessness or is at imminent risk of homelessness.

PATH Services

  • Case Management
  • Benefits Navigation
  • Service Referrals, including Community Mental Health Services
  • Housing Assistance
  • Temporary Rental Assistance (First/Last or Security Deposit)
  • One-time rental payment to prevent eviction

Warm Room

South Lake Tahoe

Opens 6:00 pm
Closes 7:00 am

It’s hard to be homeless, but it’s especially hard in the harsh alpine environment of South Lake Tahoe. That’s why a grass-roots effort created the South Lake Tahoe Warm Room in December of 2015. The Warm Room is an overnight emergency shelter that operates for 3-4 months during the winter. It is a safe and warm environment for those experiencing homelessness in our community. Since the first season, it has been open for over 450 nights and provided over 10,000 shelter bed nights.

The Warm Room has been in a different location each season, based on availability. Sometimes, our neighbors in the faith community open their doors for the Warm Room, like Lake Tahoe Community Presbyterian Church did in December of 2017. The shelter operates on a first-come, first-served basis and generally serves a maximum of 30 individuals. Families with children under the age of 18 are provided with a brief stay in a motel because the Warm Room is strictly for adults age 18 or older. In addition to light food and drink, the Warm Room provides multiple resources to guests, including case management, counseling, substance use support group, and referrals to other resources in our community. Many of the resources come directly to the Warm Room to meet with clients, such as Behavioral Health, Health and Human Services, Substance Use Disorder Services, Advance (assists with career goals), and more. 

Warm Room Services

Warm and
Safe Bed

Social Work

Mental Health



Light Food
Hot Drinks

Prevention and Diversion

Prevention and Diversion services are available for those who are at imminent risk of homelessness. This program is designed to ensure that individuals and families are able to avoid entering the homeless services system altogether, to stabilize those at risk of becoming homeless, and to improve overall housing stability in our community. 

Eligibility Requirements
Individuals or families eligible for these services will either (a) imminently lose their primary nighttime residence within 14 days of the date of application for homeless assistance or (b) be entering the homeless service system for the first time.  

Homeless Prevention Services are available for those of whom are currently housed but are at risk of homelessness, such as: facing eviction for nonpayment of rent and/or utilities; residing in housing that has been condemned; or couch surfing. Assistance includes:

  • Short-term case management
  • Temporary rental assistance (1-3 months)
  • Housing advice
  • Credit repair and budgeting
  • Employment assistance
  • Financial assistance (application fees, utility payments, security deposits, etc.)


Homeless Diversion Services are available for individuals and families who are entering the homeless service system for the first time, perhaps through seeking emergency shelter or connecting with street outreach workers. They will receive help to identify immediate alternative housing unique to them and make arrangements, if necessary, connecting them with services and financial assistance to help them return to or access new permanent housing. Assistance includes:

  • Short-term case management
  • Housing search assistance
  • Temporary rental assistance (1-3 months)
  • Financial assistance (unpaid, overdue rent and utilities; application fees; utility payments; security deposits; etc.)
  • Conflict mediation
  • Connection to services and/or public assistance benefits
Please Note: Funding for Prevention and Diversion in limited.

words from
our community

Warm Room Guest


This is an absolute God-send. I have been praying that Tahoe would grow a heart, and low and behold...they did! Great people and warm hearts.