what is HMIS?
The Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) is a software application designed to record and store client-level information on the characteristics and service needs of homeless persons, and persons at risk of homelessness. An HMIS is typically a web-based software application that homeless assistance service providers use to coordinate care, manage their operations and better serve their clients. An HMIS knits together homeless assistance providers, main-stream providers and local stakeholders within a community and creates a more coordinated and effective housing and service delivery system.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and other planners and policy makers at the Federal, State and local levels use aggregate HMIS data to obtain better information about 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.
Beginning 1 Nov. 2016, Charity Tracker will be the HMIS system administered by the Marion CoC.
The url link to access Charity Tracker:
Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) are mandated by HUD for State and Federal funds to collect and submit Annual Performance Reports (APRs). Through a collaboration with participating local service providers, the CoC is able to assess homeless characteristics, unmet needs, and implement best practices to eliminate homelessness and assist residents in acquiring or maintaining affordable housing.