About HMIS

What

Minnesota’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) is a local web-based information technology system used to collect client-level data and data on the provision of housing and services to individuals and families experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Our HMIS implementation is a critical element of Minnesota’s initiative to end homelessness statewide.  Full implementation ensures consistent, complete and accurate data collection and analysis to support planning at the client, program, agency or regional level.

How

By federal mandate, each Continuum of Care (CoC) across the United States is responsible for selecting an HMIS software solution that complies with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) data collection, management, and reporting standards. Minnesota’s CoCs agreed to use the same software vendor, Bowman Systems, who developed ServicePoint. In addition, each CoC provides funding to support the statewide MN HMIS system.

Why

Implementing and maintaining an HMIS allows Minnesota to compete more effectively for federal funding to support the work of preventing homelessness. Minnesota’s HMIS allows us to better manage client data, coordinate services, guide resource allocation, and streamline service delivery. HMIS allows for collection of standardized information and unduplicated client counts for HMIS allows for collection of standardized information and unduplicated client counts for advocates, planners, and policymakers, resulting in a more comprehensive and accurate picture of homelessness.

Who

Direction, management and administration of Minnesota’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) is a collaborative effort among Continuum of Care (CoC) regions, state/regional/local governmental bodies, tribes and community organizations. Role designations were developed to delineate responsibilities and create an effective, responsive statewide system. View all roles on the governance overview page.