Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)
In the near future the Murphy Center will be collecting data from guests during the intake process using a technological software that collects and produces actionable data called HMIS (Homeless Management Information System).
Fort Collins has a 10 year plan to make homelessness rare short lived and non-recurring. In order to realize the plan, we need to have a good sense of what the situation is and what is working that gets us to our vision. Currently there is no connected, coordinated data collection and reporting for the Fort Collins area.
The ultimate vision for using HMIS is the powerful role that data can play in making homelessness rare, short lived and non-recurring.
Outcomes For People Served:
- Participate in or lead efforts to ensure that community application processes, documentation of eligibility and intake processes are streamlined and efficient, so that applicants are not asked for the same information on multiple occasions.
- People experiencing, or close to experiencing, homelessness have a clear, quick and simple path to accessing appropriate resources and stable housing solutions that fit their situation/needs
- To coordinate access to housing, including the use of coordinated referrals and triage, common applications, common entrance criteria and centralized wait-lists. Coordinated Access is a process that uses data to quickly, effectively and efficiently match needs to housing solutions. It is imperative to have an HMIS in place and working in order to do this.
- Prioritize persons that community data identify as having a high need for services (such as a high vulnerability index score) or frequently utilizing crisis systems (frequent users) for all available units.
Outcomes For Service Providers:
- Track data and use to assess need and effectiveness of programs
- Service Providers have easily accessible, meaningful data to be used for developing their own strategic plans
- Service Providers collect and have access to (as agreed upon) the same information and can share it
Outcomes for our Community & Funders:
- Build community capacity among service providers, homeless, funders and community members to allocate resources where they can best impact the vision
- Best practices become obvious and consequently perpetuated