- Guides and Training Manuals
Date Published: December 2019
This manual is intended to support data collection and reporting efforts of Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Lead Agencies and U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Veteran Affairs (VA) programs administering HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) vouchers. The HUD-VASH program combines Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance for homeless Veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). VA provides these services for participating Veterans at VA Medical Centers (VAMCs) and community-based outpatient clinics.
HUD-VASH staff are required to use the VA’s Homeless Operations Management and Evaluation System (HOMES) database. Any HUD-VASH use of HMIS is voluntary. However, there are a select few HUD-VASH Other Than Honorable (OTH) projects, called “HUD-VASH Continuum,” that have been in operation since FY 18 that are not able to use HOMES and therefore are required to participate in HMIS for data collection purposes.
This manual provides information on HMIS setup for HUD-VASH projects, including HUD-VASH Continuum. While local data collection instruction from HMIS Leads and the FY 2020 Data Standards Manual will help with HUD-VASH data collection for HMIS users, this HUD-VASH Programs HMIS Manual is meant to help system administrators and HMIS Lead staff ensure that HUD-VASH programs are properly set up in HMIS.