Evaluations of the Homeless Response System
In order to improve and enhance the homeless system, both the Coordinated Entry System and the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) need to be evaluated and enhanced to ensure effective coordination of care.
Coordinated Entry provides a centralized approach to connect vulnerable homeless residents to housing through a single community wide assessment tool and program matching system. Coordinated Entry processes, deployed across an entire community, make it possible for people experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness to have their strengths and needs quickly assessed (triage), and to be swiftly connected to appropriate, tailored housing and services within the community. In 2023, the Coordinated Entry Evaluation was completed and the Continuum of Care is now working to implement these changes and recommendations.
Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)
The Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) is a local information technology system used to collect client-level data and data on the provision of housing and services to homeless individuals and families and persons at risk of homelessness. The evaluation of HMIS is currently underway with expected completion in late 2023.