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. …

Qlik Sense Upgrade/Update

We are pleased to announce a Qlik Sense Upgrade and Update is scheduled for Tuesday, January 29 th, 2018. Please note that the first build after this upgrade/update will take longer than normal for nightly rebuilds to finish. Qlik Sense Upgrade: The upgrade portion includes the following upgrades: Qlik Sense September 2018 Patch 1 Release Qlik Sense November 2018 Release Qlik Sense November 2018 Patch 1 Release Qlik Sense Update: The update portion includes the following update: Audit fields are now available for several tables Household table joins and inactive fields corrected Correction to “StartDate” and “EndDate” fields and variables …

New Resources: HMIS Capacity Building NOFA

HUD is committed to ending homelessness and believes good, reliable information is essential to that effort. Some Continuums of Care (CoCs) have an Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) infrastructure that is nimble and has the capacity to adapt to ever-changing information needs. Others struggle and would benefit from funding dedicated to improving HMIS. In November 2018 HUD published an HMIS Capacity Building Project Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) to help communities improve their CoC’s HMIS. New Resources Did you miss the HMIS NOFA Office Hours held on December 12, 2018? The materials from the Office Hours are now available on the training page …

Reminder: Upcoming Deadline for Official 2018 LSA Data Submission – December 14, 2018

The deadline for submitting official Longitudinal Systems Analysis (LSA) data for use in the 2018 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress via the new Homelessness Data Exchange, Version 2.0 (HDX 2.0) is 11:59 PM PST on Friday, December 14, 2018. LSA uploads are extracted directly from each Continuum of Care’s (CoC’s) Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). Unlike with prior AHAR submissions, changes to data cannot be made manually. Therefore, to resolve data quality warnings in the HDX 2.0, CoCs will either need to write notes to explain why the data are accurate as they are, or fix any issues …

WellSky LSA Export Update

IT has finished updating the back-end of the LSA export. You may now start creating new LSA exports and upload them to HDX as official HUD submissions. Please note for the official upload of the LSA export we recommend these settings: 1) Select your CoC 2) Scope: System-wide 3) Start Date: 10/01/2017 4) End Date: 09/30/2018 If you have further questions please submit a case through the Customer Community.

HDX 2.0 Updates/Corrections—Action Required

The HDX 2.0 has been updated to correct LSA calculations displaying in the onscreen summary view tables. We apologize for the delay. CoCs will need to re-upload LSA files to see these changes carried out. We strongly encourage CoCs to delete older LSA uploads to avoid confusion in the future. The following Summary Data calculations were corrected: AO “missing/don’t know/refused” for gender, age, race and ethnicity, veteran status, and DV status results have been corrected AO “age” category 18-21 now includes clients who turned 18 during the report period AO and AC “veteran age” now displays the age of the …

HMIS NOFA: Office Hours Discussion Session December 7, 2018 – 3:00 – 5:00 PM EST

Don’t miss out – Add a calendar appointment to your calendar and join the meeting at the correct time and date! On November 21, 2018 HUD released a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). Applications are due January 31, 2019. This NOFA provides $5 million in one-time funding to help communities improve their Continuum of Care’s (CoC) Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). Improvements can mean different things for different communities. It may mean: Consolidating HMIS implementations to gain economies of scale and expertise Modifying software to better support communities to meet HUD HMIS regulatory requirements A concerted effort to increase the …