Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) HMIS and the Impact of Outcomes in Prevention Services Sponsored by: National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. SSVF and Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS). During this session we will:
Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)
HMIS and the Impact of Outcomes in Prevention Services
National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
During this session we will:
Provide a brief history of HMIS
Discuss the role of HMIS in improving Prevention programs
Review revised HMIS Data Standards
Discuss changes to the HMIS Data Standards for SSVF
What is HMIS?
a locally administered, electronic data collection system that stores person-level information about clients who access the homeless service system.
In 2001 Congress directed HUD on the need for data and analysis on the extent of homelessness and the effectiveness of the McKinney-Vento Act Programs including:
Developing unduplicated counts of clients served at the local level
Analyzing patterns of use of people entering and exiting the homeless assistance system
Evaluating the effectiveness of these systems
Each Continuum of Care (CoC) must implement an HMIS; HUD assesses and scores progress in CoC application
Local HMIS data is critical for the Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR)
Implementation of HMIS at the local level can support coordinated service planning and case management
Collecting common set of data elements
Identifying who is literally homeless or at risk of homelessness
Tracking SSVF assistance provided
Reporting client progress and program performance
Monitoring on-going data quality
HMIS can help you determine:
What are the risk factors for Veteran homelessness;
What are the needs of homeless Veterans;
What works in ending homelessness and promoting housing stability.
HMIS program data can help you develop targeting approaches and profile techniques.
Who is currently served in emergency shelter
What are the characteristics of homeless Veterans?
Where are homeless Veterans coming from (geography, living situation, etc.)?
What housing situations are most likely to contribute to homelessness?
Use HMIS to document and analyze service use patterns and Veterans’ needs.
What levels of service intensity and duration are required to resolve a Veteran’s housing crisis?
What combination of SSVF services and VA and mainstream benefits can help resolve Veteran homelessness?
How can HMIS data be used to document and understand needs of different subpopulations?
HMIS can help you document the most effective strategies:
When should Prevention resources be used?
What is the best package of services given different Veteran characteristics and various housing barriers?
How can HMIS data be used to improve program operations and outcomes?
Federal Register Notice that defines baseline requirements for:
Data collection (data elements and response categories)
Universal data elements (required for all programs)
Program-specific data elements (required for programs required to generate annual reports )
Under Revision to include SSVF data elements
Residing in permanent housing
Homeless and scheduled to become residents of permanent housing
Exited permanent housing within the previous 90 days and seeking other housing that is responsive to their needs
Percent of AMI
Less than 30%
30% to 50%
Greater than 50%
Formerly Chronically Homeless
Client doesn’t know
VA is expecting that client-level data for SSVF programs will be exported from HMIS and uploaded to a VA server.
Exports may be either XML 3.0 or CSV 3.02.
Exports will occur quarterly for the 1st quarter; then starting in 2012 they will occur monthly.
All VA-required reporting and data analysis for the SSVF program will be done by VA based on the data from the HMIS systems.
VA expects every SSVF grantee to meet the baseline requirements as defined in the HMIS Data and Technical Standards.
For more information or to request HMIS technical assistance visit: