Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)

What is a Homeless Management Information System?

A Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) is a computerized data collection tool designed to capture client-level information over time on the characteristics, service needs, and service utilization of men, women, and children experiencing homelessness.

The HMIS assists homeless service organizations across Cuyahoga County by capturing information about the clients they serve and monitoring system performance.

The Cleveland/Cuyahoga County Office of Homeless Services (OHS) serves as the HMIS Lead Agency for the Cuyahoga Continuum of Care.

Vision for HMIS

HMIS within the Cleveland/Cuyahoga County Continuum of Care (CoC) continues to develop. Our HMIS system demonstrates our united effort to providing targeted services that reduce the number of newly homeless, reduce the length of stay for those who are homeless, and reduce the number returning to shelter. We strive to:

  • Coordinate case management across agencies, programs and services.
  • Provide comprehensive information on clients served through a shared system.
  • Track referrals and outcomes.
  • Provide customized assessments and reports.
  • Assess needs, resources, and gaps through the use of data.
  • Assist in various strategic planning efforts.
  • Inform public policy regarding the nature and extent of homelessness in Cuyahoga County.
  • Work with other local, state, and federal entities to conduct cross-system analysis.

Mandated Participation

Programs authorized under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) McKinney-Vento Act as amended by the HEARTH Act must meet the minimum participation standards as outlined in the Policies and Procedures Manual. Participation has been expanded to include other federal targeted homeless assistance programs as identified by the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness.

Voluntary Participation

The Cleveland/Cuyahoga County Continuum of Care (CoC) strongly encourages homeless service providers to participate in the local HMIS. The HMIS lead agency works regularly with non-funded providers to communicate the benefits of HMIS and encourage participation.

The HMIS and its operating policies and procedures are structured to comply with the most recent HUD Data and Technical Standards for HMIS.

History

In 2001, Congress directed that all communities receiving HUD homeless programs funding collect an array of data, including:

  • Unduplicated counts of homeless.
  • The use of services.
  • The effectiveness of local assistance systems.
To achieve this objective, HUD mandated that all communities develop a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).

Beginning with the 2003 Continuum of Care (CoC) and Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG), HUD required all grantees and sub-grantees to participate in their local HMIS. This policy is consistent with the Congressional Direction for communities to provide data to HUD on the extent and nature of homelessness and the effectiveness of its service delivery system in preventing and ending homelessness.

Program Contacts

Allison Gill, Program Administrator
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Programs

If You Need Shelter

Emergency shelter for homeless persons in Cuyahoga County.

Housing First

Housing First works to provide permanent supportive housing units to end chronic homelessness in Cuyahoga County.

Adult Homelessness

The Office of Homeless Services works with community partners to ensure homeless, single adult men and women, have immediate access to safe emergency shelter and permanent housing.

Veteran Homelessness

The Office of Homeless Services works with several community partners to ensure that all homeless Veterans in Cuyahoga County have access to safe emergency shelter and permanent housing.

Youth Homelessness

The Office of Homeless Services works with several community partners to ensure that all homeless young people ages 18-24 in Cuyahoga County have access to safe emergency shelter and permanent housing.

Family Homelessness

The Office of Homeless Services works with community partners to ensure that all families in Cuyahoga County have immediate access to safe emergency shelter and permanent housing.

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