Homeless Prevention Program

Homeless Management Information System

Housing Broker Team

Continuum of Care Coordination

Regional Task Force to End Homelessness

Investment in Priorities

Community Assessments

Home Visiting Intake

Rapid Rehousing

Homeless Management Information System

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 throughout a Continuum of Care (CoC) jurisdiction. An HMIS is typically a web-based software application that homeless assistance providers use to coordinate service provision, manage their operations, and better serve their clients.

HMIS is not a national database of homeless people. Data on homeless persons is collected and maintained at the local level. HMIS can help local communities understand how many people are homeless in shelters and on the street; how many people are chronically or episodically homeless; the characteristics and service needs of those served, and which programs are most effective at reducing and ending homelessness.

HMIS reports help HUD and Congress understand: how many people are homeless in the United States; who is homeless; where people receive shelter and services and where did they live before they became homeless; the patterns of homeless residential program use; and the nation’s capacity for housing homeless people.

The Planning Council administers the Homeless Management Information System for the following cities and counties:

  Chesapeake Norfolk
  Franklin Poquoson
  Hampton Southampton County
  Isle of Wight Suffolk
  James City County Williamsburg
  Lynchburg York County
  Newport News  



Related Documents:

ServicePoint Training Manual

Policies and Procedures (Peninsula)

Policies and Procedures

Agency Agreement

User Agreement

Consent (Release of Information)

HMIS Intake Form

Client Privacy Statement

Related Websites:

Homeless Management Information System 

Homeless Resource Exchange 

Peninsula Taskforce on Homelessness

Southeastern Virginia Homeless Coalition Website
National Human Services Data Consortium    

Contact Information:
Joshuah Cohen
Tel: 757.622.9268 ext. 3026
Email: jcohen@theplanningcouncil.org



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