Data Explained: The Homeless Management Information System

A Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) serves as a centralized database to collect data on services provided to the those experiencing homelessness. Through this shared database, providers are able to see the larger picture of their clients’ homelessness experience and collaborate with other programs to provide more effective and efficient services. It also serves as the basis for important reports which influence decision-making and resource-allocation at nearly every level of the homelessness response system, from local governments to the United States Congress.


Sacramento Steps Forward administrates the HMIS for both the Sacramento and Yolo Continuums of Care, integrating data from a broad array of community partners, including mental health, emergency shelter, substance abuse, housing, and other specialized services. This broad partnership is key to helping individuals experiencing or at risk of homelessness and driving a more equitable, safe place for all to call home.