Our annual reports on homeless services presents data that is entered into the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). HMIS collects real-time data from agencies that operate nearly all of the homeless programs in Dane County. The CoC’s annual report, and data contained within it, are submitted to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The report has been revised to coincide with changes in HUD’s reporting requirements and to align with its October 1 –September 30 fiscal year.
It is important to note that this report does not contain information about all homeless persons in the community. For example, it does not capture data about persons who are served solely by the small number of agencies or programs that don’t utilize HMIS – such as Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS), St. Vincent de Paul (Port St. Vincent de Paul & St. Elizabeth Ann Seton House) and those receiving HUD Section 8 vouchers through Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) – or by faith communities or grassroots organizations. Nor does the report include information about those who lack stable housing but might be living with friends or family, self-paying in hotels or staying in a place not meant for human habitation and not interacting with service providers utilizing HMIS.