Homeless Management Information System

WIDENING THE DEMOGRAPHIC SCOPE AND ELIMINATING BARRIERS

After years of working with the homeless, the Coalition realized that efforts had to be broad and there needed to be a method for connecting the existing web of providers that assist the homeless.

In 2002, the Coalition created a formalized system to link providers throughout the Panhandle. This was accomplished by allocating more than $50,000.00 to establish a three county Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). This computerized web-based tracking system, allows the homeless client to have a centralized point of intake into the system, the provider to have a method of following the client’s progress through the network of providers and provide funding sources with unduplicated demographic information and numerical counts.

Participating agencies include: YWCA Emergency Shelter, Information Helpline, Wheeling Health Right, Salvation Army, Northwood Health Systems, Youth Services System, and the Greater Wheeling Coalition for the Homeless.