Homeward Community Information System
The Homeward Community Information System (HCIS) is a HIPAA-compliant online database by social service providers to record information on client needs, characteristics, and services.
HCIS is a type of “HMIS” which is required to receive homeless assistance funding from: HUD (U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development), DHCD (Virginia Department Housing and Community Development), and the United Way of Greater Richmond/Petersburg.
Partner Agencies have access to a common set of tools, and agree to uphold standards of privacy and confidentiality as a condition of continued use. Homeward provides training and technical assistance to agencies and users participating in the system.
- Summary of HMIS Data Standards
- HMIS Data and Technical Standards (July 30, 2004)
- Linking Homeless and Mainstream Data Systems for Cost Avoidance Analysis - presentation made at the HUD Advanced Data Users Meeting in New Orleans - April 25, 2007