Cape & Islands Regional Network on Homelessness
What is HMIS?
HMIS is a is a locally administered electronic data collection tool used to record and store client-level information about the numbers, characteristics, and needs of participants who use homeless housing and supportive services or homelessness prevention services. HMIS is essential to efforts to coordinate client services and inform community planning and public policy. Through HMIS, homeless individuals benefit from improved coordination within and among agencies, informed advocacy efforts, and policies that result in targeted services. The data collected by HMIS serves multiple functions, most notably:
• Gives us a better understanding of the needs of the homeless in the Cape and Islands region;
• Acts as a case-management tool by allowing clients, their service histories, and rehabilitation progress to be monitored;
• Generates data used in various reports to local governments, such as Consolidated Plans, Governor’s Office, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Annual Assessment Report provided to the United Stated Congress; and
• Generates data used for various grants and funding competitions, such as our annual Continuum of Care NOFA Competition.
Who Uses HMIS?
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires grantees receiving McKinney-Vento Homelessness Act grant funds participate in HMIS. In Massachusetts, Emergency Solutions Grantees (ESG) and some other homeless outreach, housing and prevention programs are required to use HMIS.
Clients Served Using HMIS in Our Area
In the Cape and Islands Continuum of Care (MA 503) there are currently 15 agencies reporting on 67 homeless and homelessness-prevention housing and services programs in Barnstable, Dukes, and Nantucket Counties.
Cape & Islands Regional Network on Homelessness
The Cape and Islands Regional Network on Homelessness is a collaborative effort of state, county and local government, social service providers, housing agencies, faith-based organizations, the business community and individuals working together to prevent and end homelessness.
Barnstable County Department of Human Services convenes the Regional Network, a broad-based public-private partnership committed to identifying and implementing creative solutions to preventing and ending homelessness on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket. The Regional Network is also the entity organized to carry out the responsibilities required by the HUD CoC Program and is composed of representatives of organizations, including nonprofit homeless providers, victim service providers, faith-based organizations, governments, businesses, advocates, public housing agencies, school districts, social service providers, mental health agencies, hospitals, universities, affordable housing developers, law enforcement, organizations that serve homeless and formerly homeless veterans, and homeless and formerly homeless persons to the extent these groups are represented within the geographic area and are available to participate.
The Regional Network is comprised of an Executive Committee, a Policy Board, several working groups, and a larger network of interested stakeholders.
In November 2018, the Regional Network updated the January 2018 revision of the Cape Cod and Islands Regional Network on Homelessness Governance Charter Updated November, 2018. The Charter outlines membership, responsibilities delegated by the Regional Network to its Policy Board, committees and agents, provisions for governance through the Policy Board and key policies and processes, and designates the Regional Network as the Cape & Island’s Continuum of Care.
Visit Department of Human Services’ Calendar for meetings and their related documents.
Cape and Islands Regional Network on Homelessness meetings are held on the fourth Monday of every other month from 9:00 – 10:30 AM in the Harborview Conference Room in the Barnstable County Complex, 3195 Main St., Barnstable, MA unless otherwise noted.
Reg. Network on Homelessness PB Minutes 11-27-17
Reg. Network on Homelessness Minutes 9-25-2017
Reg. Network on Homelessness Minutes 6-26-2017
Reg. Network on Homelessness Minutes 3-27-2017
Reg. Network on Homelessness Minutes 1-23-2017
Reg. Network on Homelessness Minutes 11-28-2016
Reg. Network on Homelessness Minutes 9-26-2016
Reg. Network on Homelessness Minutes 6-20-2016
Reg. Network on Homelessness Minutes 3-28-2016
Reg. Network on Homelessness Minutes 1-25-2016
Reg. Network on Homelessness Minutes 11-16-2015
Reg. Network on Homelessness Minutes 9-28-2015
Reg. Network on Homelessness Minutes 6-22-2015
Reg. Network on Homelessness Minutes 3-23-2015
Reg. Network on Homelessness Minutes 1-26-2015
For meeting minutes from previous years, email email@example.com.
Current policies for the Cape and Islands Continuum of Care adopted by the Regional Policy Board.
Barnstable County Department of Human Services provides critical documents, resources, and related links relating to substance use. For a repository of synthesized local data in original in-house publications and reports, visit the Cape and Islands Regional Network on Homelessness Publications and Data web page.
For information, contact Paula Schnepp, Coordinator of the Cape and Islands Regional Network on Homelessness for Department of Human Services.
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