HMIS - Homeless Information System
A Homeless Management Information System, HMIS, is a data collection system, which allows communities to collect, store and report information about individuals receiving services. In 2000 the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a mandate that communities receiving homeless funding must implement an HMIS for all residents receiving services paid for by these funds. Alameda County receives approximately $29 million annually from HUD, and to protect these funds, HCD has implemented the HMIS system. Through community partnerships of service providers and local governments, HCD collects the data, and we annually report out on the data collected.
Alameda County implemented its HMIS system in 2005, called InHOUSE (Information about Homelessness, Outcomes, and Service Engagement). The InHOUSE system is supported by a coalition of Alameda County HCD and the fourteen cities within the county, nonprofit organizations, and funders, as well as other county departments which provide services to those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
Presently, Alameda County’s InHOUSE data-base system includes over 54,000 unduplicated client records, with over 45 agencies involved in the data collection and more than 300 programs receiving homeless funding. Data collected is used to provide an accurate view of service needs and effectiveness of homeless programs within Alameda County.
Service sectors presently represented within the InHOUSE system include: Emergency Shelters, Transitional Housing, Permanent Supportive Housing, Prevention and Rapid Re-housing, Drop-In Centers, Street Outreach, and Case Management services.