HUD Releases FY 2020 HMIS Data Standards, Mapping Instructions, and CSV Schemas

HUD has released the FY 2020 Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Data Standards, which includes dictionary table shells and data collection instructions for Project Descriptor, Universal, Common, and Metadata Elements, and placeholders for Federal Partner Data Elements (coming soon). There are several documents to ensure proper mapping of old data to new data, including back-data entry requirements and an updated CSV schema that will be released in the next few days. The XML schema will be released in the coming months, as will updated reporting specifications and other supporting documents. There will also be an interactive, online FY 2020 HMIS …

May 29, 2019-HMIS Lead/System Admin Meeting Announcement and Registration Link

Hello System Administrators, The next regularly scheduled HMIS Lead/System Administrator Webinar will be held on Wednesday, May 29, 1-2:30 PM Eastern Time. The following is a short summary of the call’s agenda: HUD Updates Technical Updates Often Asked Questions from the HMIS AAQ Data Standards Rollout Q & A Fran Ledger of HUD SNAPs, Mary Schwartz of Abt Associates, and Meradith Alspaugh of the Partnership Center will be presenting this month’s webinar. Please follow this link to complete registration if you plan on attending the webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2949323792089856525 We hope to see you all later this month!

WellSky SPM Update

This weekend we will be releasing the revised 0700 and 0700.1b reports. They will be available in the mapped ART Gallery reports folder on Monday, May 20th, 2019. A summary of the two changed reports and report under investigation as listed below: 0700 – Length of Time Persons Remain Homeless – Metric 1 – v6 Corrected timestamp issue for Housing Move-in Date (HMID). HMID is now included for RRH, PH-S, PH-H and PSH programs, not just RRH. RRH, PH-S, PH-H, PSH programs without HMID are no longer counted towards overlap or negate overlap counts. Added “Valid Entry Dates Overlap IS …

WellSky SPM Update

We are in the process of making revisions to the following SPM reports: 0700 – Length of Time Persons Remain Homeless – Metric 1 – v5 0700.1b – Length of Time Persons Remain Homeless – Metric 1b – v6 0703 – Employment and Income Growth for CoC Funded Projects Metric 4 – v5 We will send out announcements once we have released each of these revised ART Gallery reports. Please create a case in the Customer Community if you have further questions.

HUD Publishes HMIS Software Vendor Capacity Checklist

The HMIS Software Vendor Capacity Checklist provides HMIS Leads, system administrators, and Continuum of Care (CoC) data leadership with an assessment framework to ensure that HMIS Software Vendors, solution providers, and other relevant HMIS stakeholders are fulfilling the roles and responsibilities that may be required by the CoC to ensure the operation of an effective HMIS implementation. The checklist provides an overview of both HUD HMIS requirements of an HMIS software as well as common technical and functional features that many community require or expect. This checklist provides CoC and HMIS leadership with a set of standardized criteria that the …

WellSky Article – 5 Steps to Better Outcomes from Your Provider Network

Your community-based organization depends on service providers to achieve your mission. Yet managing a provider network effectively is challenging! It’s often hard to get past feel-good anecdotes and impressions, and make decisions based on objective results. Gerry Leslie, HMIS Project Director for Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness, shared this 5-step plan to implement a data-driven approach that can improve the lives of people in your community.   1. Establish key measures  When developing goals, it’s important to distinguish between outputs and outcomes. Outputs are what you do. Outcomes are what you achieve.   Outputs are meaningless if they don’t lead to outcomes, which indicate whether you are getting the job done. While this can be a challenge for providers, define measures based on outcomes whenever possible.  It’s best to focus on standard measures that everyone in your field uses. It’s tempting …

New What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) editor in the forums!

I’m happy to announce the addition of a What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) editor in the forums.  It occurred to me that many people may not be familiar with bbcode and would therefore feel more comfortable with a more traditional editor when using the forums. Please try out the new editor and keep me posted with any feedback. PS – The chat has also been updated. Thanks! Gaither

National Ranking of Continuums of Care

The NHIP has completed a ranking of Homeless Continuums of Care using data from system performance measures submitted in 2017.  The rankings divide CoCs into Higher, Average and Lower Performers with separate rankings for each of the three (3) geographic divisions of Continuums.  The NHIP cautions against reading too much into the ranking since many measures are not comparable due to differences in program allocation and resources in each community.  The goal of the rankings is to provide a general look at CoCs that appear to be high performing and communities in need of improvement.  The NHIP welcomes any comments about improving the rankings.  …

New CoC Racial Equity Analysis Tool

HUD is pleased to announce the availability of the Continuum of Care (CoC) Racial Equity Analysis Tool to help communities understand who is accessing their homeless service system and what outcomes those families and individuals are realizing. Over the past year the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) has been highlighting promising practices from the field on how to better understand and address the overrepresentation of people of color among those experiencing homelessness. In November 2017 USICH discussed using GIS mapping to help address disparities in homelessness assistance. The USICH post discussed the use of GIS to analyze local …

HMIS Capacity Building NOFA Deadline Reminder: Applications Due Thursday, January 31, 2019

There are 3 days remaining until the application submission deadline for the HMIS Capacity Building Project Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). Unless you have received an extension from HUD, all applications must be submitted by Thursday, January 31, 2019 by 11:59:59 PM EST. Applications shall be submitted to Grants.gov unless a waiver has been issued allowing you to submit your application in paper form. Instructions for submitting your paper application will be contained in the waiver of electronic submission. As a reminder, “Received by Grants.gov” means the applicant received a confirmation of receipt and an application tracking number from Grants.gov. …