A 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. An HMIS is typically a web-based software application that homeless assistance providers use to coordinate care, manage their operations, and better serve their clients.
Our HMIS at Kings United Way encompasses geographic areas ranging from a single county to an entire state. An HMIS knits together homeless assistance providers (e.g. St. Vincent DePaul of Hanford or the Salvation Army) 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 policymakers at the federal, state and county/city levels use HMIS information to understand the extent and nature of homelessness over time. Specifically, our HMIS gives us an unduplicated count of homeless persons, understand patterns of service use, and measure the effectiveness of homeless programs in the area.
With this information, service providers and policy makers can make informed decisions about how to best serve the citizens of Kings County. If you have any questions about HMIS or the resources available to assist those in need within Kings County, please contact us at 584-1536 or dial 2-1-1.