Note: This FAQ relates to HMIS, CoC
Date Published: November 2015
Yes - All households, regardless of their domestic violence (DV) status, have the right to refuse to share their information among providers within the Continuum of Care (CoC). In fact, all service providers are prohibited from denying assistance to program applicants and program participants if they refuse to permit the provider to share their information with other providers. However, some information may be required by the project, or by public or private funders to determine eligibility for housing or services, or to assess needed services, so it must be collected. In cases where a client does not consent to having their information shared, the information must still be collected by the service providers to determine whether the individual or family is eligible, but it must not be shared via the HMIS if the program participant objects. For instance, if a provider needs to verify the presence of a disability in the process of determining eligibility for Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH), the information itself must be collected but not shared via HMIS.