North Carolina has had 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. In mid-2018, the Continuums of Care (CoC) of Durham, Orange County and the Balance of State (79 counties not participating in a locally based CoC) are forming a new  regional HMIS under the leadership of the North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness (NCCEH). This HMIS will be known as HMIS@NCCEH.

Durham’s homeless housing providers except the Durham Crisis Response Center, which is exempt from HMIS participation because it serves survivors of domestic violence, are participating in HMIS@NCCEH. Participation in the 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 HMIS@NCCEH costs are over $80,000 annually, a HUD Continuum of Care grant is paying most of this cost. The City of Durham also is contributing funds to support the regional HMIS@NCCEH implementation.

NCCEH is the HMIS Lead Agency for Durham. The HMIS implementation is led by an Advisory Board composed of representatives of the three participating CoCs. This Governance Charter for HMIS@NCCEH is in the process of being approved by the Boards of the three CoCs in June 2018.

For more information about HMIS@NCCEH, please contact Lloyd Schmeidler, or call 919-560-4570 x22267.