A Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) is a secure software application that combines information from different homeless service providers. A HMIS records and stores client-level information on the characteristics and needs of the local homeless population and allows streamlined referrals between agencies, coordinated case management, and reduces duplication of intakes and assessments. In addition, the system also has the ability to provide participating agencies with a better way to manage their programs and ultimately their success.

In 2001 Congress directed the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to ensure the collection of reliable data regarding the use of homeless programs and to develop an unduplicated count of the homeless population. To meet this goal, HUD has required all Continuum of Care applicants to demonstrate progress in implementing and participating in an HMIS that will collect unduplicated data on the jurisdiction’s homeless population. HUD also requires all HUD McKinney-Vento funded programs that assist homeless persons to participate in the HMIS.

The County of El Dorado Department of Human Services submitted a grant application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the 2007 Continuum of Care Homeless Program funding competition, under the Supportive Housing Program component, to request funding to purchase and implement a dedicated HMIS within El Dorado County. On December 21 2007, HUD notified the County of El Dorado that they were selected for funding award of the HMIS, pending execution of the final funding contract. Once the award is finalized, the County of El Dorado and the Continuum of Care Stakeholders Committee will proceed with implementation of the HMIS at participating homeless service locations throughout El Dorado County.