The Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS): Data and Technical Standards Final Notice, effective August 30, 2004, specifies the data elements and standards that guide HMIS data collection across the country. The Notice standardizes data collection nationally and allows local CoCs to generate consistent reports on the characteristics of homeless persons. The Notice also describes how data is to be collected and safeguarded. This Notice reflects an effort to consult with Federal agencies implementing homeless programs, State and local governments and Continuum of Care agencies experienced in implementing an HMIS, major advocate groups and leading academic and national experts on homelessness.
Note that HUD published updated HMIS Data and Technical Standards in 2010.
Homelessness Prevention and Assistance - HMIS Participation and Data Quality
Reporting and Monitoring - HMIS