Who Participates

Minnesota’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) collects data from homeless service providers throughout the state to gain a comprehensive picture of homelessness. Participating agencies provide housing services such as transitional housing, permanent supportive housing, and emergency shelters, or provide auxiliary services such as homelessness prevention, drop-in centers, food shelves, and street outreach programs.

Over 200 agencies currently contribute to the database, all providing services to individuals and families who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Increased participation will allow the state to better understand client characteristics and needs, better evaluate programs, and strengthen our efforts to end homelessness while informing policy at the federal, state, and local levels.

Required Participation

All projects receiving funding from the following programs for homeless services are required to participate in HMIS:

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

  • Continuum of Care Program (CoC)
  • Emergency Solutions Grants Program (ESG)
  • Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA)
  • Rural Housing Stability Assistance Program (RHSP)
  • HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program (VASH) – (not required)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

  • Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH)
  • Runaway and Homeless Youth Program (RHY)

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

  • Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program (SSVF)
  • Grant and Per Diem Program (GPD)
  • Healthcare for Homeless Veterans Program (HCHV) 

Minnesota Housing (MN HSG)

  • Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program (FHPAP)
  • Ending Long-Term Homelessness Initiative Fund (LTH) and other program funds designated for long-term homelessness

Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS)

  • Ending Long-Term Homelessness Supportive Services Funding (LTH)
  • Healthy Transitions and Homeless Prevention (HTHP)

Minnesota Department of Human Services /Office of Economic Opportunity (DHS-OEO)

  • Transitional Housing Program (THP)
  • Emergency Services Program (ESP)
  • Homeless Youth Act (HYA)

Note: Domestic violence service providers funded by the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) or U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are prohibited from entering data into HMIS.