Departmental Papers (SPP)

Document Type

Government Publication

Date of this Version

July 2004


On July 22, 2003 (68 FR 43430), HUD published a draft Notice that described the data and technical standards for implementing Homeless Management Information Systems, HMIS. An HMIS is a computerized data collection application that facilitates the collection of information on homeless individuals and families using residential or other homeless assistance services and stores that data in an electronic format. Because an HMIS has the capacity to integrate data from all homeless service providers in the community and to capture basic descriptive information on every person served, it is a valuable resource for communities. HMIS can be employed to: better understand the characteristics of homeless persons in the community, including their demographic characteristics, patterns of homelessness, and use of services; improve the delivery of housing and services to specific sub-populations such as veterans or persons experiencing chronic homelessness; and assess and document the community’s progress in reducing homelessness.


Reprinted from The Federal Register, Vol. 69, No. 146, July 30, 2004, Notices, pages 45888-45934.
Dennis P. Culhane was a co-author of this government-funded publication.


homeless, housing, neighborhood, homeless management information systems



Date Posted: 13 August 2007