The 2013 Draft Data Standards Notice includes changes to support data collection and reporting for other federal targeted homeless assistance programs, new metadata elements to facilitate data exchange and reporting, and additional minor corrections and changes to support efficient data collection and reporting. Updating HMIS Data Standards to accommodate use by other federal agencies is being undertaken in part to support goals identified in Opening Doors: the Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness.
In June of 2010, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released a strategic plan that identified thirteen major initiatives, one of which is the elimination of veteran homelessness. This major initiative promotes the use of robust management systems to monitor outcomes for individual veterans as well as the outcomes of programs that serve homeless veterans. This initiative is consistent with the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) Federal Strategic Plan and also coincides with HUD’s strategic planning efforts. As a result of this federal strategic direction and coordination, VA-funded homeless assistance providers began participating in the local HMIS within each CoC.
VA Grant and Per Diem (GPD) providers and VA-funded homeless assistance programs such as HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) and Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) began HMIS participation later in 2011. The 2013 Data Standards also includes Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans (DCHV) projects, Grant and Per Diem (GPD) projects. And Veterans Homeless Prevention Demonstration (VHDP) projects as new participants in HMIS.
Questions about HMIS participation of VA-funded programs should be submitted via the HUD Exchange Ask a Question.
If you have specific questions about the VA's Strategic Plan please contact John Kuhn at John.Kuhn2@med.va.gov.
In December 2009, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced an initiative to move towards Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) program reporting in Homelessness Management Information Systems (HMIS). This is the announcement that was distributed to State PATH Providers on December 21, 2009.
The 2013 Data Standards also includes Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) projects funded by the Administration for Children and Families’ Family Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) as a new participant in HMIS.
For information on PATH reporting in HMIS visit the PATH HMIS page.