GaitherDyn Community Data Dashboard Survey

Hello!  I have been working on a new project called the GaitherDyn Community Data Dashboard.  It takes a zip file and converts it into a Tableau data dashboard that can be embedded directly into a CoC’s website for them to use as a community data dashboard.  I’m currently looking to get feedback on the dashboard in order to improve it and make it as useful as possible.  Please take a few minutes to check out the dashboard here: and then click the button below to take the survey! Thank you.  

Data Standards “deep dive” Webinar

Hello HMIS Leads and System Admins: We hope you can join us for a Data Standards “deep dive” (on June 26th at 1:00 pm Eastern) into several sections of the FY2020 Data Standards, namely 2.03 & 3.16 (CoC Codes for Projects and Client Locations) and 4.19 & 4.20 (Coordinated Entry Data Elements). This special “deep dive” session will also include up-to-the-minute HUD & Technical Updates. The call will be recorded and slides will be made available after the call for anyone unable to attend. To join the call, please access the Adobe Connect link at the appropriate time (June 26th …

WellSky Updates

SPM Update Over the holiday weekend we will release new versions of two of the System Performance Measure (SPM) reports as listed below: 0703 – Employment and Income Growth for CoC Funded Projects Metric 4 – v6 Resolved issue with how reviews for Annual Assessments at 30 days are excluded as outside of date range. This may result in an increase in clients counted in the report. 0706 – Permanent Housing Placement – Retention Metric 7 – v9 Resolved potential issue with last transaction counted in 7b1 and 7b2 This may result in decreases in clients counted in report. Please …

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: 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