Author Archive: Marianne Colangelo

February HMIS News

Running Reports in Clarity  Are you making the most of your Clarity user account by running reports? As a Clarity user, you have several types of aggregate and non-aggregate program level reports available. If you haven’t used the reporting module yet, we encourage you to take a look at the choices find one or more […]

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January HMIS News

Clarity Security Enhancement  Earlier this month Clarity released a software update that prevents any internet browser from saving your HMIS password for future logins. This is an important security provision that helps to protect sensitive data and is required for compliance with HUD’s baseline standards for security. Change to DOB Elements on Profile Screen   You may have noticed […]

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October HMIS News

Data Quality in Clarity  Planning and Development staff review data on a quarterly basis at the minimum, but Program Managers and front end users are encouraged to run their own reports more frequently to evaluate data for your specific programs. Remember, your data quality influences not just your project and agency’s reporting, but our CoC’s […]

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September HMIS News

HUD and Federal Partners Release Version 5 of 2014 Data Standards  More updates to the Data Standards are here and they officially go live on October 1, 2016. Clarity will update our data collection screens to 2014 Version 5, and Planning and Development will update our system to begin using these screens the evening of September 30th. In the […]

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August HMIS News

UPDATED Client Consent Forms Now Available in other Languages! After updating our Release of Information workflow, we made some minor changes to our ROI documents in English and these updated versions are now available in Spanish, Haitian Creole, and Portuguese. All can be found here. Please make sure you use the most updated English versions of […]

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HMIS Privacy and Security Training

Before gaining access to Cambridge HMIS, all users must complete the Privacy and Security Training. This training gives an overview of compliance requirements related to protecting client privacy and provides instruction on obtaining informed client consent for all new and existing clients. View the Recorded Training (36 minutes) Submit Certification of Completion HMIS User Policy & Responsibility Agreement […]

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New definition of Chronic Homelessness

In December of 2015, HUD released their final rule on defining “Chronically Homeless.” Providers operating CoC funded PSH projects that dedicate or prioritize persons or families experiencing chronic homelessness should adhere to this new definition for new enrollments on or after January 15, 2016. HMIS data elements (as of October 1, 2015) are programmed to collect the […]

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2016 Point-in-Time Count: Data Collection for Sheltered Populations

It’s happening! This year’s PIT count takes place on the night of Wednesday, 1/27 into Thursday, 1/28. While HUD has made some changes to reporting requirements from previous years, the way we collect information pertaining to Emergency Shelters and Transitional Housing programs will remain the same. We’ll use HMIS reports for those agencies that participate in HMIS, and for those […]

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