In collaboration with the City of El Centro and the San Diego State University Sage Project, master students in the School of Public Affairs were involved in providing recommendations to the city that are aimed at alleviating the homeless crisis. These recommendations were to be specific to the City of El Centro, with students considering the geographic, demographic, and socioeconomic situations specific to the city while conducting their research. This approach led to the overall determination that housing individuals experiencing homelessness at the fastest rate possible requires the use of creative and affordable housing solutions and is the best strategy for alleviating homelessness in the City of El Centro. Using the Housing First model is the most efficient and effective approach to achieving these goals. It was determined that recommendations presented in this document can only work when employing a high level of community and landlord engagement as determined by the group of practitioners of public policy and public administration. Lastly, it is understood that the resources required to leverage funding sources is substantial. Therefore, it is recommended that the leadership of homelessness initiatives for the city consider supporting the design and implementation of the region’s Coordinated Entry System (CES). The data collected here will not only assist in the coordination of the project, but also substantiate the effectiveness of Housing First which will help to mitigate for the resources put into grant acquisition. Many of the students involved in this project are active practitioners of public policy and public administration and as such are grateful for the opportunity to serve the community in the City of El Centro.