The Homeless Alliance of WNY administers the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), also known as the Buffalo Area Service Network (BAS-Net). HMIS allows housing and service providers to enter client and services information into a secure web-based database. Bowman Internet Systems is our HMIS vendor.
This system currently covers Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, and Cattaraugus Counties. It also includes data from the regional 211 referral service. HMIS is an important tool to capture the extent of homelessness as well as the demographic characteristics of persons who are either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. All projects funded through HUD Continuum of Care, HUD Emergency Solutions Grants, Supportive Services for Veteran Families and Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS programs are required to use this system. In addition, the region’s Veteran By-Name List and the Coordinated Entry Permanent Supportive Housing and Rapid Rehousing Prioritization lists are housed on HMIS. Many other homeless providers who do not receive the above federal funds are participating in HMIS due to the importance and benefits that HMIS offers to the region, their agency, and their clients. Some agencies use HMIS as their primary record-keeping system for all programs. The Homeless Alliance provides aggregate data and analysis to help providers, funders, policy makers, and the community to understand the homelessness in our area. You may request this aggregate data by contacting Christine Slocum.
Log on using the below links:
For HMIS questions, please contact Nate Pyzikiewicz ([email protected])