Homeless Management Information System

Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) are used to record client information that is shared among homeless and near homeless service providers, in order to better meet client needs.

The Washington County, Oregon Continuum of Care is a partner in NW Social Service Connections (NWSSC), an administrative entity that governs HMIS for a multi-agency Continuum of Care. The NWSSC HMIS is a Client Information System (CIS) that provides standardized assessment of a client's needs, creates individualized service plans and records the use of housing and services. Communities use this information to determine how services are being utilized, identify gaps in the local service continuum and develop outcome measurements.

Policies and Procedures

HMIS policies, procedures, and forms


HMIS Policy and Procedure Manual


User Agreement - to be completed and signed by each user prior to access to HMIS

Sample Intake Form - example of a form that collects all necessary data elements to meet minimum HUD data requirements

Notice to Clients of Uses and Disclosures (for posting) - must be posted in a conspicuous location in all HMIS participating agencies

Notice to Clients of Uses and Disclosures (full version) - must be made available to clients who ask for the complete notice 


Technical Guidance Materials

Information to help HMIS users


HMIS Advanced Data Management


Data Sharing Tips

Manually Turning Data Sharing On and Off

Case Plans Guide


HMIS Reporting


List of Reports in ServicePoint

ReportWriter Basics Guide


HUD and Government Guidance

2014 Final HMIS Data Standards - Are You a [HIPAA] Covered Entity? Determine whether or not your agency is "HI Covered"


Need more information?

Contact Annette Evans, HMIS Administrator for Washington County, Oregon.