HMIS (Homeless Management Information System) is a nationwide effort to understand the scope and nature of homelessness in the United States with the goal of effectively providing services that will result in a reversal of the devastating effects of this problem.
Following a Congressional mandate, communities that receive Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) funding for homelessness related services must begin to use a computerized system to collect and manage data on their homeless clients. HUD refers to this system as "HMIS.”
In response to this mandate, Partners to End Homelessness has made an ongoing commitment to implemented HMIS in area shelters and homeless service organizations in central Mississippi.
HMIS will facilitate effective collection and sharing of information between agencies, in an effort to identify needs and gaps in service to homeless and at-risk populations. The system will streamline emergency shelter and supportive service delivery to the homeless, while reducing duplication of effort and technology by agencies that serve this population. HMIS will offer staff computerized access to real-time information about bed availability, as well as basic information about the clients seeking shelter and will give a clear and accurate picture of the homeless population.
Why should our agency implement HMIS if we are not federally funded?
Gathering accurate information that reflects the reality of the homeless epidemic not only effects statewide funding, but also ensures that your clients can access services from other agencies who may depend on federal funding to operate. In addition, the system allows one stop access to your client information including demographics, income, cash and non-cash benefits, progress, and group notes. The system reports enable agencies to easily provide information to donors, investors, board members, or grantors regarding the services provided and outcomes for those served. With Partners to End Homelessness, your agency and staff will receive training, support, and access to this system at no cost.
If your agency is interested in participating in HMIS, or for existing agency service or training request, please contact:
Shelley Johnson or Darnetta Williams
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): http://www.hud.gov/homeless/index.cfm
Department of Housing and Urban Development HMIS Site: www.hmis.info
Homeless Resource Exchange: www.hudhre.info
Foothold Technology’s AWARDS Training Module: https://demodb.footholdtechnology.com/training/training.html