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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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Cambridge CAN Launch Month Schedule

Please note additional information below embedded schedule. Sites on the schedule whose names are marked with an asterisk are demographically restricted based on the specific population served by the host site; click a site’s “more details” link for specifics. Other sites are open to anyone homeless in Cambridge.     Cambridge CAN (C-CAN), our CoC’s system […]

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Resources During Extreme Winter Weather

Cambridge has a network of homeless service providers, faith-based partners, and public services that coordinate efforts during extreme weather conditions. The attached plan and Resource Sheet describe these efforts. Questions and comments can be sent to Planning and Development For more information: View the 2016-17 Cambridge Winter Plan or the quick Winter Sheet. Winter storms […]

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Presentations from October’s HSPC Meeting

Our monthly CoC-wide Homeless Services Planning Committee meeting for October featured two informative guest presentations. Emily Cooper, Chief Housing Officer at the state’s Executive Office of Elder Affairs, gave an overview of a number of senior-focused services, available in our jurisdction, for which many people homeless in Cambridge would be eligible for. Click for PowerPoint presentation. Click for a fact sheet […]

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Metro Boston Homelessness Summit on Oct. 27

Please note location change to the School Committee meeting room at 459 Broadway St. Cambridge Vice Mayor McGovern is convening the first meeting of a regional summit on homelessness on October 27, 2016. The goal of the summit is to bring together policymakers and department heads from Cambridge, Boston, Somerville, Everett, Chelsea, Medford and Malden for four […]

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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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2016 CoC Consolidated Application and Priority Listing

The FY 2016 Cambridge CoC Consolidated Application and Priority Listing are available for review: Consolidated Application: 2016_09_12_ma509_consolidatedapplication Priority Listing: 2016_09_12_cambridge_prioritylisting The Priority Listing reflects the final rankings (originally posted on August 29) available here: 2016_CoC_ProjectRankings We will submit all components of the FY 2016 application to HUD on Wednesday, September 14.  Please contact emengers@cambridgema.gov with questions or feedback. Thank […]

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Cambridge Housing Authority Opening Up HCV Waitlist

Beginning in October, the Cambridge Housing Authority will open up their waitlist to apply for Housing Choice Vouchers. All eligible clients joining the waitlist in October will have equal priority based on a lottery, and clients joining from November on will be added to the list on a first come first served basis. The CHA […]

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