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The Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) is a software application designated to record and store client-level data on the characteristics of homeless individuals and families. In Kalamazoo County, 16 agencies utilize HMIS; eight of those are CoC homeless assistance associates that agree to share client data to create a more coordinated and effective housing and service delivery system.
HMIS also serves as outcome-based systems that facilitate timely, efficient, and effective access to needed services and supports for persons who are homeless. For instance, percentage of individuals who are in permanent housing at the time they exit a program is a metric used for evaluation. Other data fields focus on developing a picture of unduplicated counts and the effectiveness of the local homeless assistance systems.
The CoC adheres to the Michigan State Homeless Management Information System (MSHMIS) Participation Agreement, HUD HMIS definitions, protocols and standards, and a Qualified Service Organization Business Associate Agreement (QSOBAA) to assure the integrity, and security of sensitive client confidential information maintained in the data base.
The HMIS and any data stored in the HMIS remains the property of the CoC. The CoC identifies a HMIS Lead System Administrator; for Kalamazoo County, Housing Resources Inc. (HRI) is that designee. To request a de-identified data report for a specific areas of interest or sub-population; please submit the following form to Valetta Sellers-Evans, Director of Operations, firstname.lastname@example.org, at least two weeks in advance of the time you need the requested HMIS report.