About HMIS

Background

In 2001, Congress directed the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to ensure the collection of more reliable data regarding the use of homeless programs. HUD required all Continuum of Care applicants to demonstrate progress in implementing a Homeless Management System (HMIS).

LAHSA led a regional planning process, encompassing three Continuums of Care - Los Angeles, Glendale, and Pasadena. This process resulted in the selection of a system that would not only satisfy the HUD mandate, but would also provide the Los Angeles Continuum with a means to measure the effectiveness of programs serving homeless people. The system provides its users and the service providers with a way to better manage their programs and ultimately their success.

Los Angeles HMIS Collaborative

Presently, the Los Angeles Continuum of Care (LACoC) is part of a collaborative called the Los Angeles HMIS Collaborative. The LA HMIS Collaborative consists of three Continuums of Care (CoC): Los Angeles, Glendale, and Pasadena.

Advantages of a Regional Approach

Homelessness is not isolated to a single city or county. Coordinating efforts across broader regions result in information sharing that serves the needs of all the constituencies involved. Among the primary advantages of working at a regional level are:

  • Some homeless service providers have programs in two or more CoCs;
  • Homeless persons may travel between CoCs to receive all of the services they need;
  • Los Angeles County will benefit from having regional data and reports;
  • Los Angeles County will benefit from having County-wide data and reports;
  • Service providers in the two counties could benefit from coordinated planning. This could lead to greater consistency in the information collected and reported, making it easier for agency staff to communicate issues and for clients to understand what agencies are asking.
The LA HMIS Collaborative will use HMIS to advance the provision of quality services for homeless persons, improve data collection, and promote more responsive policies to prevent and end homelessness in Los Angeles County.
HMIS Mission Statement