All agencies participating in the Continuum utilize a common database system called a Homeless Management Information System, or “HMIS”. The HMIS is specifically designed to capture information on the characteristics and services needs of persons experiencing homelessness, or at risk of homelessness. Implementation of an HMIS is a requirement of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) McKinney-Vento funding. The CoC requires the designation of an HMIS Lead. The lead for the Lowcountry CoC is One80 Place.
HMIS AS A COMMUNITY INFORMATION RESOURCE
An HMIS serves as a powerful community resource on the nature of homelessness in our area. As more agencies that serve persons experiencing, or at risk of experiencing homelessness in our area utilize the Continuum’s HMIS, the stronger and more comprehensive it will become. For this reason, the Lowcountry Continuum of Care strives to reach out to other service providers in our area to join the Continuum and share data in our HMIS. In this way, together we will be able to illustrate a more complete picture of homelessness in our communities and use this information for area-wide planning and service coordination.
We are currently reviewing MOA for all requirements for providers to be able to use HMIS.
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