Homeless Management Information System

A Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) is a local information technology system used to collect client-level data and data on the provision of housing and services to homeless individuals and families and persons at risk of homelessness. Each Continuum of Care (CoC) is responsible for selecting an HMIS software solution that complies with HUD's data collection, management, and reporting standards.

The SNAPS Data Strategy provides a multi-year vision, as well as specific goals and objectives for HMIS.

Learn about HMIS requirements

View HMIS community examples


COVID-19 Resources for Homeless Providers

The recent emergence of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) calls for enhanced cooperation between public health authorities, homeless service systems, and other partners at the local level. Visit the Disease Risks and Homelessness page for the latest SNAPS information and resources.

SNAPS COVID-19 Resources


HMIS Data and Technical Standards Resources

This resource section provides the core materials intended to assist HMIS Lead agencies, Continuum of Care representatives, and HMIS vendors in designing, implementing, and maintaining an HMIS. Resources available include data standard manuals; trainings, templates and tools; and sample policies and procedures.

View HMIS Guides and Tools

Use the FY 2020 interactive HMIS Data Standards Tool

Use the FY 2022 interactive HMIS Data Standards Tool


Federal Partner HMIS Integration Resources

This resource section provides links to a designated page for each of the HUD programs and federal partner programs participating in HMIS (HUD, HHS, and the VA). Each page is intended to provide the full range of materials necessary to guide participation in HMIS, including all of the core materials and the supplemental guidance specific to each federal partner participating in HMIS.


HMIS Information Forums for Leads, Administrators, and Vendors

HMIS Leads and System Administrators can sign up to receive notices to participate in the monthly webinars by selecting "I’d also like to receive updates as an HMIS Lead/System Administrator" on the HUD Exchange Mailing List. Materials from past webinars are available on the HMIS Lead and System Administrator Webinars page.

HMIS Software Vendors have an externally maintained information forum that accessible by emailing the following email addresses with a request to join the forum. HUD asks that only HMIS Software Providers join the Vendor forum. The forum provides an email listserv, discussion opportunities, and special announcements and meetings tailored specifically for these audiences. Request to join HMIS Software Vendor Forum.


HMIS News & Announcements

View All HMIS News & Announcements


lightbulb Learn About Homelessness Assistance Programs

Join the HUD Exchange Mailing List

Stay up to date on the latest technical assistance resources and training opportunities.

Join the HUD.gov Mailing List

Get the latest news from HUD on Notices, funding, memos, and other official HUD guidance.

View HMIS FAQs

Ask an HMIS Question