Homeless Management Information System
The Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) is a computerized data collection tool and database. HMIS is specifically designed to capture client-level, system-wide information over time on the characteristics and services needs of men, women and children experiencing homelessness.
By managing HMIS, the Continuum of Care (CoC) knows what homelessness looks like in Indianapolis at a bird's eye view. We use HMIS data to inform planning activities, measure performance, and track the demographics and service needs of individuals experiencing homelessness to improve our system of care.
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) National Data and Technical Standards establish baseline standards for participation, data collection, privacy and security. Implementation of HMIS is a requirement for receipt of HUD McKinney-Vento funding but HMIS can be used by all providers that are serving individuals at risk of or that are literally homeless and can be a powerful tool for all types of agencies to tell their story.
CHIP - Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP) is the HMIS Lead for the CoC. CHIP provides technical support and trainings to HMIS users, completes system-level regulatory activities, and supports agencies in completing regulatory activities. CHIP also provides aggregate reports at both system-wide and agency-specific levels. Lastly, CHIP oversees system customization to meet the needs of participating agencies.