Homeless  Management  Information System

What is HMIS?


What is a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)?
A Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) is a local information technology system used to collect client-level data and data on the provision of housing and services to homeless individuals and families and persons at risk of homelessness.

An HMIS can be used to: 

  • Produce an unduplicated count of persons experiencing homelessness for each CoC

  • Describe the extent and nature of homelessness locally, regionally, and  nationally

  • Identify patterns of service use


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Why Use HMIS?

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires that all CoCs across the country receiving HUD grants install and utilize an HMIS.  HUD's HMIS Data Standards set forth the minimum acceptable client- and program-level data that must be captured by a CoC.  Data entered into the HMIS must be sufficient to complete the HUD Annual Performance Report (APR). 



What is the Long Island HMIS?


The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless (LICH) was designated the HMIS Lead Agency and implemented the HMIS on Long Island through grants it received from HUD. LICH continues to oversee the strategic direction of the HMIS, and actively works to increase resource development and quality assurance. LICH staff manage the daily operations of the HMIS, and provide technical support, training, and program customization as needed.


Foothold Technology is the software vendor for the Long Island Continuum of Care HMIS. The software package we use is called AWARDS.