WE PROVIDE TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS TO END HOMELESSNESS
We develop and provide critical technology and services to agencies and volunteers that work directly with the homeless in their community.
We help build mutually-beneficial solutions, while ensuring that data is safeguarded. As a result of this data, we can be much more successful in knowing whether we are making a difference in reducing homelessness in our community.
A Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) is a coordinated system of computers that enable service, shelter and housing providers in different locations across a continuum (community, county or state) to collect and share information about the homeless individuals and families seeking services within their continuum.
The U.S. Government requires all communities receiving Federal funds for homeless services to use a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) to collect information about homelessness in their community. The standards established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for HMIS systems help the Federal Government combine data from communities nationwide to understand more about homelessness and the impact of Federal funding.
Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) is extremely important to our mission to find solutions to prevent and end homelessness. Being able to collect this data is really important in helping us answer the question: are we making a difference?
Data from HMIS and analysis provided by CTA helps local policymakers and funders set strategic priorities for the allocation of scarce resources. Information from HMIS also helps agency executives and program directors tailor their services to respond to new trends and best meet the needs of their clients
OUR THREE OBJECTIVES
Below are three objectives we strive to meet every day to ensure we will meet our goal:
1. Building and maintaining reliable data and systems
2. Developing technologies that promote seamless service coordination
3. Providing technical solutions, technical assistance and training to agencies in order to optimize their systems and utilize client data.
How Is an HMIS Set Up?
You are able to connect to our systems through the Internet. Internet software delivery is done through an Application Service Provider (ASP) model which allows users anywhere throughout the continuum to use their existing computers(whether using a desktop or mobile tablet) and Internet browsers to access the software with a secure username and password.
How to Pay for an HMIS
As part of the 2001 Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Application, HUD made costs associated with the implementation and operation of an HMIS an eligible supportive services expense. Now, communities planning to implement or expand an HMIS can seek funding from HUD for the purchase of existing HMIS software, the lease or purchase of necessary computer equipment, and the staffing costs associated with the day-to-day operation of the HMIS (system administration, training, data analysis, reporting, etc.).
In addition to HUD funding, Continua are using funds from city, county and state governments as well as private foundation and corporate support to pay for the purchase of HMIS software.