The need arose and you responded—with heartfelt thanks to you for your ongoing efforts to ensure that amid a national health crisis our state’s most vulnerable citizens were in safe, decent, and affordable housing to help prevent the spread of COVID. We still have much work to do as we continue our efforts to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and other infectious diseases among persons or families who are homeless or receiving homeless assistance. With your partnership, the dark days of this pandemic will become a little brighter.


Homeless Management Information System

Alabama Balance of State Continuum of Care Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) is administered by Service Point.

What is Homeless Management Information System?
HMIS stands for Homeless Management Information System. It is a national Congressional directive administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HMIS is a database used to collect and store aggregate data regarding the characteristics of individuals experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness, as well as services they are receiving.

HUD developed the HMIS concept to address the need for better data on homelessness at the local and national levels.

Congress issued a directive to HUD to collect data on the extent of homelessness in America, as well as the effectiveness of the McKinney homeless assistance programs in addressing homelessness. These programs had been in existence for some 15 years and there had never been an overall review or comprehensive analysis on the extent of homelessness or how to address it. Congress believed that it was essential to develop an unduplicated count of homeless people, and an analysis of their patterns of use of assistance (HUD McKinney homeless assistance as well as other assistance both targeted, and not targeted to homeless people), including how they enter and exit the homeless assistance system and the effectiveness of assistance.

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