Save the Date for the 2017 Annual HMIS Meeting

Annual Meeting of the HMIS Governing Board Monday, October 9, 2017 9am – 12:00pm What is the purpose of this meeting? To review year-end progress, reports, and achievements To learn about plans and priorities for fiscal year 2017-2018 To provide valuable stakeholder input Click here for the Annual Meeting Save the Date! RSVP For Remote  … Read more

Helpdesk Closed September 26 and 27

The Helpdesk will be closed on September 26 & 27, 2017, to allow our staff to attend the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless Annual Conference in Brainerd, MN.  We will resume regular business office hours on Thursday, September 28, 2017. We hope to see you there!

HMIS ROI – Client Revokes Consent, or Vice Versa

Our HMIS community continues to ask us great questions about the HMIS ROI. Let’s respond to two great questions below! Do either of these sound familiar? Q: What should I do if a client refuses to share (does not consent) and then later agrees (via a consented HMIS ROI)? A: If upon client record creation in  … Read more

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 Regional System Administrator (Metro; 3 positions) Operations & Administrative Associate (Metro)