2014 HMIS Data Standards Manual
Solid data enables a community to work confidently towards their goals as they measure outputs, outcomes, and impacts. A Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) is the information system designated by a local Continuum of Care (CoC) to comply with the requirements of CoC Program interim rule 24 CFR 578. It is a locally-administered data system used to record and analyze client, service and housing data for individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. This Manual is intended to serve as a reference and provide basic guidance on HMIS data elements for CoCs, HMIS Lead Agencies, HMIS System Administrators and users. This release is 2014 HMIS Data Manual, Version 3 and is an update to the 2014 Data Standards Manual. HUD has updated the Manual to reflect critical data standard changes that were needed in 2015 as well as some answers to HMIS Frequently Asked Questions.