HUD Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) Final Notice, Federal Register, Vol. 69, p. 45888 (July 30, 2004)

HUD published the final HMIS notice July 30, 2004. The final notice is effective August 30, 2004. HMIS is a computerized data collection application (intake system) that all homeless providers receiving HUD funds must use. In response to comments from homeless advocates, homeless providers and poverty law/legal services organizations, raising privacy, consent and quality of service concerns, HUD made some changes. For example, the final notice eliminates the requirement that providers collect certain health data, e.g. information on physical disability, mental health and HIV/AIDS, except if already required by eligibility statute or regulation. Additionally, providers have been given more flexibility with respect to how they collect data. [Download]