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 …

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 …

HUD Publishes HMIS System Administrator Checklist

The HMIS System Administrator Checklist provides HMIS Leads, system administrators, and Continuum of Care (CoC) data leadership with an assessment framework to ensure that HMIS Leads, system administrators 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 the activities, duties, and tasks that a CoC may require of its HMIS Lead as well as the plans, policies, and procedures that a CoC should have in place to govern its HMIS implementation. The roles and responsibilities of …

Submittal Deadline Reminders: 2019 HIC & PIT Count Data and System Performance Measures Report

2019 Housing Inventory Count (HIC) and Point-in-Time (PIT) count data must be submitted via HUD’s Homelessness Data Exchange (HDX) web portal by Tuesday, April 30, 2019 8:00 PM EDT. FY 2018 System Performance Measures Report data must be submitted via the HDX web portal by Friday, May 31, 2019 8:00 PM EDT. Note: These three reports will not be submitted through the new HDX 2.0, but will instead be submitted through the original HDX “1.0.” Please be sure you are visiting the correct site and updating your credentials there. The two sites do not share passwords, so you will need …

LSA Updates for CoCs: Data Cleaning and Submission Date Extension

As communities and Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) vendors continue to work through the Longitudinal Systems Analysis (LSA) data cleaning process, HUD wants to acknowledge how challenging this process has been and thank our partners for continuing to work with us and the LSA team. We set a high bar for the LSA submission process more than 12 months ago, and while the process is continuing to move forward, it has had quite a few bumps along the way, resulting in extensions, confusion and frustration for our community partners and HMIS vendors. Although it’s been a challenging process for all …

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

2018 LSA Validation Process: Extension and Resources

In late 2018, HUD launched the Homelessness Data Exchange, Version 2.0 (HDX 2.0) platform to support the collection of Longitudinal Systems Analysis (LSA) data for the Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) process. The LSA and HDX 2.0 are cornerstones of HUD’s long-term effort to enhance the ability of CoCs to understand homelessness in their communities, increase the effectiveness of their homeless response systems, and streamline CoC reporting to HUD. However, HUD recognizes the transition to this new process has been complicated and time-consuming for communities. HUD values and appreciates the work underway by CoCs, HMIS leads, and HMIS vendors. Communities …

HDX Data Submission Deadlines

HUD has established the following data submission timelines for the 2019 Housing Inventory Count (HIC), Point-in-Time (PIT) count, and System Performance Measures (SPM) report data.   Meeting the data submission deadline for the HIC, PIT count, and SPM report is a factor considered by HUD in the annual CoC Program Competition. CoCs should consider the amount of time it may take to compile and enter information needed to meet the reporting requirements. HUD does not anticipate granting extensions to the data submission deadlines. Before March 1: CoCs should review the list of timelines above, and work with CoC Program recipients …

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 …