HIFIS Release Frequently Asked Questions


The Homeless Individuals and Families Information System (HIFIS) release includes several new Coordinated Access functionalities to support communities to shift towards real-time, data-driven decision-making. Enhancements include: 

  • improvements to strengthen housing history data entry, 
  • automatic calculation of chronic homelessness based on the Reaching Home definition, 
  • an integrated Unique Identifier List (or By-Name List), and more.

HIFIS Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) is a companion document to the HIFIS Reference Guide. The FAQ provides practical advice on implementing release 59.1, using the Coordinated Access module, and how the Unique Identifier List intersects with other initiatives.

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