About HMIS

Origin of HMIS

Congress directed the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to ensure the collection of more reliable data regarding the use of homeless programs. HUD has since directed the programs it funds to develop a local Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) to collect and report data on the usage of homeless services and mandated all Continuums of Care applicants to demonstrate progress in implementing HMIS.

Each Continuum of Care (CoC) applying to continue to receive HUD funding must have a computerized data collection system in place that is able to:

  • Assist in developing un-duplicated counts of clients served at the local level
  • Track services used by homeless persons
  • Capture information from multiple agencies
  • Track service usage over time
  • Provide summary information about service usage and clients

Who Should Participate

All recipients of HUD McKinney Vento Act program funds, including:

  • Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)
  • Homelessness Prevention (HP)
  • Rapid Re-Housing Program (RRH)
  • Supportive Housing Program (SHP)
  • Shelter Plus Care (S+C)
  • Section 8 Moderate Rehab for Single Room Occupancy (SRO)

In addition to these HUD-funded programs, HUD is encouraging participation by all other programs within a Continuum of Care that serve homeless persons, especially other federally-funded programs.

Visit HUDs website at http://www.hud.gov