Simtech Solutions developed and maintains a robust HMIS data warehouse that is being used by regions throughout the US, including such regions as San Francisco and Arlington VA, to address their Federal reporting needs while also providing tools to measure the effectiveness of their efforts to help end homelessness. Hosted at HomelessData.com, this turn-key data integration platform allows regions to enjoy all of the benefits of their own HMIS data warehouse without the costs and time associated with attempting to build one on their own.
Data warehousing creates a platform to integrate data and provides a more complex and complete picture of people experiencing homelessness in a given region or community. Examples of how the tools within HomelessData can be put to use include:
- Community-wide identification and prioritization of people experiencing homelessness in a manner that is consistent with HUD guidance;
- Data quality monitoring tools provide consistent oversight of all homeless operations without regard to the HMIS software being used in a region;
- HomelessData.com enables the building of a longitudinal picture of each person's interactions with the homeless system across regions. This "case history" provides the following benefits:
- Allows staff to ascertain what services and financial resources are being provided already. This minimizes duplication of efforts and "double dippling" while helping to target resources effectively.
- Supports improved data quality. Missing destination info can be completed by looking at future project enrollments; the chronic homeless status can be validated by looking at the actual (not self reported) homeless history; and clients that appear to be simultaneously enrolled in multiple residential projects are flagged for review.
- Useful for measuring the true costs of homelessness.
- Improves the quality and effectivelness of service delivery. By being able to see a client's history, case managers can target service plans.
- Generates all Federal reports required by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) , including System Level Performance Measures
- A tool to align with Opening Doors by allowing filtering in reports to be run by age range, veteran status, chronic homeless status and more, providing key data for working groups/sub-committees.
- Allows for the collection of data from varied sources including any HUD compliant HMIS software, mobile apps built specifically for the annual point in time count, and other data sources that add value in understanding homelessness at the client and local level
- Built in Performance Measures are useful for analyzing a region's progress towards goals articulated within Ten-Year Plans to End Homelessness and Plans to Align with Opening Doors;
The gallery of reports available "out of the box" to regions of any size can be seen here.