LAHSA is excited to announce some exciting new features and updates for HMIS! The updates are summarized below.
1. New Date Field in Locations
In an effort to better track a client’s history of homelessness, a new field has been added to “Client Location” which allows us to record a date in association with a location. This is now only to be used when tracking the client’s current location. If we are recording a location a client previously resided at or was contacted at, we can backdate the location record. Simply complete the “Location Date” field when inputting a new location. For outreach projects, this date should also have a matching contact service for the same date.
2. Separate Client Contacts from Location Tab
A new “Contact” tab has been added to the client record. This tab allows users to track contact information for a client separately from the Location tab, reducing clutter and allowing for more streamlined viewing and reporting. Moving forward, contact information for a client must be tracked on the new “Contact” page instead of the Location page.
3. New Warning Alert Option for Individual Enrollments Under 12
HMIS can now warn users when a client under age 12 is being enrolled as an individual. This new feature can help to prevent situations where children are accidentally enrolled as an individual instead of as a group with their family. Preventing the enrollment of individual children means less data clean-up later!