Date Published: August 2016
The HMIS Data Standards Manual is intended to serve as a reference and provide basic guidance on HMIS data elements for CoCs, HMIS Lead Agencies, HMIS System Administrators, and users. This release of the 2014 HMIS Data Manual is Version 5.1 and is an update to the 2014 Data Standards Manual. HUD has updated the Manual to include additional collection points and updated guidance for HUD-VASH data collection.
The companion document to the HMIS Data Manual is the HMIS Data Dictionary which defines all of the data elements and requirements for HMIS compliance for HMIS Vendors and System Administrators.
Information about how to “back enter” data for clients who are active in the system as of October 1, 2016 is provided in the accompanying document, Data Entry for HMIS Critical Data Standards Changes. In addition, an accompanying document, Instructions for Mapping Existing HMIS Data for 2014 Version 5 HMIS Data Standards Elements, provides the mapping requirements for Data Element changes approved for 2014 HMIS Data Standards Version 5 (Elements 3.6, 4.14A, 4.16A, 4.47, 3.917, 3.917A, and 3.917B).