DHS Housing Support (GRH) Projects to Participate in HMIS Fall 2017

As announced by the Department of Human Services this summer, all providers that receive Housing Support funding (formerly GRH) to serve people in long-term homeless supportive housing programs or in emergency shelters will start participating in Minnesota’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) this fall. This participation comes after 2015 legislation stated that Emergency Shelters receiving  … Read more

2017 HUD HMIS Data Standards

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  On October 1, 2017, HUD is rolling out (as they do every October) changes to the data elements they require all projects participating in HMIS to collect. This provides standardization for data collection around the country, allowing for a better understanding of homelessness around our country. Homelessness can then be analyzed at a national  … Read more

Where’s Qlik? What is Qlik?

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Our software developer, Mediware, continues to work on a secure, functional release of the new reporting tool, Qlik. Once this release is complete, ICA will develop and share a timeline with our HMIS community so you know when to expect new reports and training materials. ICA will work feverishly to rebuild and redesign many of  … Read more

Changes to HTHP and HYA Outcomes Assessment

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HTHP and HYA Housing and Shelter grantees, please read this important update regarding Outcomes Assessments! Historically, the two funders have used the same Outcomes Assessment, but this will be changing for the current biennium. Projects that receive HTHP and/or HYA funding have been instructed by their funder to hold off on completing the Outcomes Assessment  … Read more

Data Quality Matters – Improving Data Quality Continued (Part 4 of 4)

Now that we’ve covered the four main components of data quality and the most common causes of poor data quality, this final installment will outline the last three ways to improve data quality. In our previous newsletter, we provided an in-depth look at the first two methods to improve data quality:   Develop a Data  … Read more

We’re Hiring!

Our team is seeking to add committed, passionate, and talented new members to join us in this exciting time for HMIS in Minnesota.  Please see the job descriptions below and direct any questions to opportunities@icalliances.org. Regional System Administrator (Metro; 3 positions) Operations & Administrative Associate (Metro)  

FHPAP Provider Split Is Back On

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FHPAP grantees and service providers (sub-grantees) please read this important update. The FHPAP provider split (see previous news alerts) has resumed. Before week’s end, FHPAP grantees will receive an email from ICA with new HMIS FHPAP provider IDs. There is one additional change in workflow to note: doubled up households will be entered into a  … Read more

What is HMIS?

Do you ever struggle to explain HMIS to your clients? You’re in luck! We’ve created a brief, informative one-page flyer to explain the function and use of HMIS to those who are unfamiliar with it. Feel free to distribute or put it up at your site!  

New APR Instructions

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We have created new instructions for pulling the Annual Performance Report (APR) from HMIS. While any projects can run an APR, it is only required for projects that receive Continuum of Care (CoC) money from HUD. You can also check out the recent webinar on the new APR. This webinar provides an overview of the  … Read more