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Homeless Management Information Systems

What is Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS)

A Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) is a local information technology system used to collect client-level data and data on the provision of housing and services to homeless individuals and families and persons at risk of homelessness. Each Continuum of Care is responsible for selecting an HMIS software solution that complies with HUD’s data collection, management, and reporting standards.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and other planners and policymakers use aggregate HMIS data to better inform homeless policy and decision making at the federal, state, and local levels.  HMIS enables HUD to collect national-level data on the extent and nature of homelessness over time. Specifically, an HMIS can be used to produce an unduplicated count of homeless persons, understand patterns of service use, and measure the effectiveness of homeless programs.  Data on homeless persons is collected and maintained at the local level. HMIS implementations can encompass geographic areas ranging from a single county to an entire state.

The HEARTH Act, enacted into law on May 20, 2009, requires that all communities have an HMIS with the capacity to collect unduplicated counts of individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Through their HMIS, a community should be able to collect information from  projects serving  homeless families and individuals to use as part of their  needs analyses and to establish funding priorities. The Act also codifies into law certain data collection requirements integral to HMIS. With enactment of the HEARTH Act, HMIS participation became a statutory requirement for recipients and subrecipients of CoC Program, Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), SSVF, PATH, RHYMIS, and other funds.

An HMIS can be used to:

If you are an agency interested in participating in the Monterey/San Benito HMIS program, click here .


HMIS USER ESSENTIALS

 HMIS Calendar

Meeting Calendar/Registration

 HMIS Tech Support

Tech Support

HMIS Service Point 

Access HMIS

HMIS Agency Admin Documents

Agency Admin & ART Holder Documents

HMIS User Documents

End User Documents

HMIS Training Documents

Training Documents