Supportive Housing / Housing Resource Center
Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)
Southwest Solutions is the lead agency for the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) project, an important research initiative that gathers comprehensive data about homeless persons in Detroit so that agencies serving the homeless can better address their needs. The aim is to determine “best practices”: that is, the most effective programs for transitioning homeless individuals and families into permanent housing and providing the support services they require. Ultimately, our mission is to end homelessness in the community.

Why HMIS is an important collaboration:

Southwest Solutions is one of the more than 120 members of the Homeless Action Network of Detroit (HAND). HAND is comprised of nonprofits, businesses, government entities and others committed to alleviating homelessness. HAND serves as the “Continuum of Care” for the cities of Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park. In this capacity, HAND coordinates federal and state funding requests for homeless programs and is also responsible for strategic planning.

HAND chose Southwest Solutions to direct the HMIS project. The data and reports generated by HMIS form the bases of the strategic plan to identify and implement proven solutions to house and change the lives of homeless persons, families and veterans. For more information about HMIS, contact 313.963.6601 x.4135/4136 or email Andrea Kuhn or Selwin O'Neal.

The HMIS office is located in our Housing Resource Center at 1600 Porter St., Detroit, 48216. Contact us at 313.963.6601 or email us.


Other offices at HRC:
  • For HAND, contact Amanda Sternberg at 313.963.6601 x.4115 or email her.
  • The Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) helps communities create permanent housing with services to prevent and end homelessness. Contact Beverly Ebersold at 313.963.6601 x.4113 or email her.
What HMIS is accomplishing:

HMIS is an essential part of the “Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park,” issued by HAND in October 2006. This strategic plan is ambitious, analytical and pragmatic. It is based on the conviction that homelessness is not an intractable problem and that good solutions must be studied, refined and replicated.

Using HMIS, organizations helping the homeless enter detailed information about whom they served, services provided and outcomes achieved. Southwest Solutions’ HMIS office provides training and support to all those responsible for entering data. Our office ensures that the data meets quality control criteria. HMIS reports show the characteristics, needs, and patterns of service use of the homeless. These reports enable a sound understanding of what programs and services work well and why.

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