Homeless Management Information System Donna Curley – HMIS Project Manager
A Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) is a computerized data collection tool specifically designed to capture client-level, system-wide information over time on the characteristics and services needs of men, women, and children experiencing homelessness. We must know what the need is, and we get that by collecting data
The data collection is based on HUD’s, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development National, Data Standards establish baseline values for participation, data collection, privacy and security
HMIS allows the aggregation of client-level data across homeless service agencies to generate unduplicated counts and service patterns of clients served.
HMIS records and stores: ◦ Client Intake Demographics Basic assessment of needs Bed utilization ◦ Service Tracking Services delivered by a provider Services received by clients Gaps in the homeless services in a community
Every Continuum of Care (CoC) is required to implement an HMIS and is scored annually in the CoC NOFA. Local HMIS data is critical for the Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR). Implementation of HMIS at the local level can support coordinated case management. 6
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