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, mainstream 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: http://marioncounty.charitytracker.net
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.
HMIS is a data system utilized by over 40 agencies to record request for assistance and results. This does not include data involving persons actively fleeing violence (domestic, stalking, sexual and trafficked) and seeking safe refuge at the local domestic violence shelter. According to the data in HMIS, during 2017 there were 199 housing request from households that were identified as homeless*. Of the 199 households, 22% had income. Almost half were trying to survive on social security or disability incomes and another 20% were gainfully employed.