As the local lead agency for the Pikes Peak Continuum of Care, Community Health Partnership’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) department manages a computerized data collection application designed to capture client-level information on the characteristics of program and service needs of adults and children experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires communities receiving federal funding to have a local system which they refer to as Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). It provides the required reporting tool for El Paso County’s Federally funded homeless programs, covering several entitlement programs: Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Program (CoC), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY), Supportive Services for Veterans with Families (SSVF), Veteran Administration Health Care for Homeless Veterans (VA:HCHV), and Veterans Administration Supportive Housing (VASH).
Homeless Management Information System
The HMIS implementation and reporting capability present the community with an opportunity to re-examine how homeless services are provided. It allows community stakeholders to build new alliances, strengthen services, meet consumer needs in a more streamlined manner, and obtain information to guide future planning. The HMIS is used to generate HUD required reports, such as the annual homeless Point in Time (PIT) and Housing Inventory Chart (HIC) reports. It is also used to generate required agency-specific and community-wide reports such as the Annual Performance Reports (APR) required for each program, the Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR), and the System Performance Measures (SysPM) report.
All three of Colorado’s Continuum of Care utilize Bitfocus Clarity as the Statewide HMIS implementation. Bitfocus is HUD certified as a HMIS product for HUD housing counseling agency use. This web-based system is used to record and store HUD required client information about the characteristics and service needs of persons experiencing homelessness.