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Data Standards Tutorial

This multi-segmented tutorial explains certain data elements that must be collected and entered into a Continuum of Care’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) for clients served by projects that participate in HMIS.  HMIS data standards have been established by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to allow for standardized data collection on homeless individuals and families across systems.  HMIS data elements are explained in detail in the HMIS Data Standards Manual.

Each segment of this training covers one or a few of the most crucial or complex data elements. The segments provide information about when a data element is collected, who the data should be collected from, how to collect the data, and where to report it. These tutorials are designed as a resource for HMIS Lead agency and local continuum project staff who seek a more detailed understanding of each data element. CoCs and HMIS leads are encouraged to use these tutorials to supplement local HMIS data standard trainings. There is no particular order to the tutorials.

The HMIS data standard tutorials cover the following data elements: