Introduction

Summary

Note: The audience for this e-course are Reaching Home Designated Community Entities (DCEs) in BC.

New tools have been developed to help DCEs in BC determine their options related to the use of HIFIS for:

  • Furthering the implementation of Coordinated Access in their communities;
  • Meeting local data and information management needs, including those of the DCE and Service Providers in the homeless-serving system; and,
  • Minimizing duplication of efforts and maximizing service coordination and data integrity given the existence of BC Housing’s HIFIS and Coordinated Access & Assessment initiative.

These tools include a new System Mapping Guide and System Mapping Tool, as well as several HIFIS-specific documents. 

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HIFIS News and General Information

Summary

Engaging service providers on implementing a Homelessness Management Information System (HMIS) and supporting ongoing data management is a significant undertaking. Strategies and project planning are essentials aspects of any successful implementation. It also requires the collaboration of service providers, front line users, and clients to leverage multidisciplinary team and create change.

This resource is intended to provide the latest news and general information on HIFIS. It includes the editions of the HIFIS Newsletters. 

HIFIS is a web-enabled HMIS that can provide communities with the information they need to further their efforts with addressing homelessness. It allows multiple service providers from the same geographic area to implement coordinated access using real-time information about people experiencing homelessness and the resources they need to find and keep a home.

By adopting HIFIS, communities acquire the capacity to collect homelessness sector information that can be used to monitor existing trends, support decision-making and contribute to advancing the understanding of homelessness in Canada. 

A series of resources on HIFIS including a collection of resources is available:

- HIFIS News and General Information

- Get Started on HIFIS Implementation

- How to Install and Configure HIFIS 

- How to Use HIFIS and its Functionalities

- HIFIS Regional Workshops Series 2019-2020 

Designated Communities that receive Reaching Home funding though ESDC are required to have a coordinated access system in place by March 31, 2022. The Reaching Home - Coordinated Access resource provides guidance and detailed information on how to design, implement and operate Coordinated Access in communities across Canada. Resources on Coordinated Access such as the Reaching Home Coordinated Access Guide are available to support communities in their effort in preventing and reducing homelessness.

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Summary

A Point-in-time Count (PiT) is not built in one day. Months of work are typically required before and after the count. This collection of resources are intended to provide guidance and tools for the initial planning stage of preparing for a PiT Count. It covers the identification of key players and initial engagement with the local community. The planning process should start from anywhere between one year to four months before the count, depending on the size of the community and the complexity of the count. This is Part 1 in a four-part series:

1. PIT Count Planning

2. PIT Count Preparation 

3. PIT Count Implementation 

4. PIT Count – Post Count 

A Point-in-Time Count is a one-day snapshot of homelessness in each community that contributes to a national picture and advance the knowledge on homelessness. It provides a community-wide measure of homelessness, identifying service needs and informing plans to prevent and reduce homelessness. When completed over subsequent years, it can also be used to track changes in the homeless population over time and measure progress in reducing it

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