Yesterday, HUD released information pertaining to updates made to the latest HMIS data standards. While the majority of changes are relevant only to projects funded under RHY, VA or HOPWA, one major modification made represents changes to the series of questions asked at entry about the length of time someone has been homeless. These questions are referred to as “Time on Streets, Emergency Shelters or Safe Haven.”
The changes will go into effect on October 1, 2015, and information obtained from the current version of these questions will be migrated over to the new set by our vendor. Below is a screen shot from the updated HMIS Data Manual that shows the presentation of the new elements. Please refer to the manual itself for more guidance and information on asking these questions at the point of entry. We will also offer more guidance prior to the October release date.