HomelessData leverages the HUD data exchange formats to support communities, agencies and staff to continue to use the HMIS data collection that makes sense for them, without sacrificing the benefits of having a single system. A data warehouse brings the following advantages to a region:
- Dashboards! A warehouse can be used to create de-identified aggregate results that can be published to public-facing dashboards. This helps communities in the move towards data-driven decision making, support discussions on addressing racial disparities, and provide key details on which projects are helping to improve the performance of the system.
- A warehouse can build a “longitudinal record” of a person’s history in the homeless system. This can be used to document chronic homeless status, drive housing prioritization for coordinated entry, and help inform case http://homelessdata.com/dashboard/lowell/management.
- Built in data quality monitoring help ensure the integrity of the results being shared.
- NOFA Rating and Ranking Tools reduce the overhead burden of attempting to complete the process manually and help ensure that the ratings are completed without bias.
- Geospatial reporting capabilities enable reporting by HUD Continuum of Care boundaries while also supporting the creation of reports by city/town, county, and other region types.
- A warehouse supports cross-region data collection and reporting without requiring a change of vendors. HUD is currently encouraging CoCs to merge, implying that one of the CoCs may need to sever their contract with their current HMIS vendor and go through a system conversion.
- A warehouse can integrate traditional HMIS data with street outreach data gathered by mobile apps such as Show the Way. HMIS is traditionally PC based yet the work of street outreach programs is more conducive to mobile technologies.