Date Published: October 2014
The HOPWA program only requires participation in a local Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) if a grantee is renewing an expiring Competitive HOPWA permanent supportive housing grant, and/or if grantees are specifically targeting their HOPWA services to serve people who are homeless. However, HUD encourages all projects, regardless of target population, to participate in the local HMIS. HMIS systems can be invaluable in coordinating available services at the local level. In May 2014, HUD released the HMIS Data Standards Manual to provide guidance on the updated standards which include HOPWA program-specific standards for the first time.