About Northlake HMIS
The Northlake HMIS Data Project (NHMIS), a federally funded affiliate of Southeastern Louisiana Univerity’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, is responsible for administering the HMIS within the geographic jurisdiction of the Continuum of Care lead by the Northlake Homeless Coalition, within the parishes of Livingston, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington. The NHMIS is a partner of the statewide implementation of HMIS, Louisiana Services Network Data Consortium (LSNDC), which encompasses all CoC jurisdictions throughout Louisiana and manages approximately 14,000 new client records annually.
Who We Are
The NHMIS provides the local community with a tool to collect and analyze data on people using homeless service programs. At full implementation, we can use the HMIS to accurately calculate the size and needs of the homeless population, the demand for and use of housing and services, as well as the outcomes of various interventions. It should be noted that the applications of HMIS participation are not limited to organizations who serve persons experiencing homelessness only; it has utilities for client data management for most human services providers, as homelessness is a social issue that is not exclusionary. It is the mission of the NHMIS to guide standardized data collection to ensure accuracy and integrity; maintain data security; minimize barriers to participation; and demonstrate utilization of complex data for performance measurement for all participating organizations.
What is an HMIS?
A Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) is a software application designed to record and store client-level information on the characteristics and service needs of homeless persons throughout a Continuum of Care (CoC) jurisdiction. An HMIS is typically a web-based software application that homeless assistance providers use to coordinate service provision, manage their operations, and better serve their clients. Additionally, it helps knit together homeless assistance providers within a community and creates a more coordinated and effective housing and service delivery system for a community. Policymakers and planners at the federal, state and local levels, including the CoC, use aggregate HMIS data to obtain better information about the extent and nature of homelessness over time, with a focus on developing unduplicated counts of clients served at the local level; analyzing patterns of use of people entering and exiting the homeless assistance system; and evaluating the effectiveness of these systems. It is federally funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
What are the benefits of participating in an HMIS?
The benefits of HMIS data collection for organizations include improved ability to measuring client outcomes and performance of programs; better coordination of services internally among agency programs and externally with other providers; decreasing duplicative intakes, assessments, and services; coordinated case management; and determining benefit eligibility. For the broader community, HMIS participation can help inform our understanding of the scope of homelessness and evaluate the performance of the system that is in place. Comprehensive participation in HMIS yields better unduplicated counts of clients served, the improved ability to assess unmet needs/service gaps, and informs system design and policy decisions.
Who should be a part of an HMIS?
All service providers that assist person experiencing homelessness or are at imminent risk for homelessness are encouraged to be a part of the community’s HMIS. This includes but isn’t limited to emergency shelter providers, transitional housing programs for homeless persons, Permanent Supportive Housing providers, human service organizations that provide homeless prevention-type services (rental and utility assistance), and all other service organizations who provide food, clothing, prescription, and utilities vouchers.
NORTHLAKE HMIS DATA PROJECT
SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA UNIVERSITY
MIMS HALL, ROOM 213
NORTHLAKE HMIS STAFF
Download Northlake HMIS Fact Sheet and List of Participating Service Providers
Download NHMIS 2018 New User Training Schedule
Download LSNDC-CoC-HMIS Joint Governance Agreement