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Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS)

What is HMIS?

HMIS is an electronic data collection system that stores information about persons who access the homeless services system in a Continuum of Care (CoC).

In 2001, Congress directed the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to collect data and provide analysis on the extent of homelessness in the United States and the effectiveness of the programs receiving funding from homeless assistance grants as part of McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.

In response to this congressional directive, HUD mandated that CoCs establish workable and efficient Homeless Management Information Systems.


Past Conferences and Information

Benefits of HMIS

Domestic Violence Participation and HMIS

HMIS Privacy and Confidentiality Standards

Potential Funding Sources for HMIS



Held in September 2010 in Denver, CO and Atlanta, GA.


6th HUD Technical Assistance Conference on HMIS:

Held on November 1st, 2006 at the HUD Regional Office in San Francisco, please find attached the complete packet of materials.

11/01/2006 - Conference Materials


HUD Technical Assistance Conference on HMIS Planning and Implementation:

Held on November 2nd, 2006 in Stockton, please find attached the complete packet of materials.

11/02/2006 - Conference Materials


For any questions or further information on HMIS, please feel free to contact Ashley Hart, HomeBase Staff Lawyer, at (415) 788-7961 x306 or ashley@homebaseccc.org.


HMIS Links:

AHAR Updates

Community Technology Alliance: Networking Solutions for the Community

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) sponsored HMIS information site [HMIS.INFO]

HUD Community Planning and Development HMIS site

August 2004 HUD HMIS Clarification and Guidance for Domestic Violence Provider Shelters

November 2004 Maricopa HMIS Report on HUD Data and Technical Standards


December 2, 2004 San Francisco Fifth HUD Technical Assistance Conference Materials:


Understanding HMIS Privacy Standards Powerpoint Presentation


For more information on HMIS or HMIS HUD TA Peer-to-Peer calls please contact HomeBase Staff Lawyer Ashley Hart at 1.415.788.7961 x306 or at ashley@homebaseccc.org.