The Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) is a locally administered, electronic data collection system that stores demographic information about persons who access the homeless services system. It was developed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to ensure the collection of more reliable data regarding the use of homeless programs. All Continuum of Care (CoC) providers are required to utilize HMIS in their programs.
Locally, HMIS allows the Washtenaw CoC with a means to measure the effectiveness of programs serving people who are experiencing homelessness. The system also provides its users, and service providers with a way to better manage their programs and ultimately their success.