North Carolina has a statewide centralized homeless management information system (HMIS). It is a computerized data collection tool to compile information, over time, on characteristics, service needs and service utilization of individuals experiencing homelessness.

The North Carolina Homeless Management Information System (NC HMIS) was formed to implement a statewide HMIS that could determine an unduplicated count of homeless individuals in North Carolina. The HMIS was named the Carolina Homeless Information Network (CHIN) when it began in August 2004, under the leadership of the North Carolina Housing Coalition. In early 2015, the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness (MCAH) became the HMIS Lead Agency.

The Durham homeless service providers agreed to join the statewide HMIS in 2008. All Durham homeless housing providers except the Durham Rescue Mission and the Durham Crisis Response Center, which is exempt from HMIS participation because it serves survivors of domestic violence, are participating in the NC HMIS.

Participation in the NC HMIS enables the local community to better understand the needs of homeless people and to more accurately estimate how many people are accessing the community’s emergency shelters and transitional housing programs for homeless people annually.

While Durham’s share of NC HMIS costs are about $70,000 annually, a HUD Continuum of Care grant is paying most of this.  Cumulatively, Durham agencies are paying less than $8,000 annually to use the NC HMIS. For more information about the NC HMIS, please contact Lloyd Schmeidler, or call 919-560-4570 x22267.