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HMIS-ERIE is a secure, shared human services information system administered by the Erie County Department of Human Services. Local, authorized staff at homeless and human service provider agencies throughout Erie City and County enter, track, and report on information concerning services provided to persons experiencing homelessness or those at imminent risk of homelessness. The use of HMIS throughout Erie County since 2005 has enabled homeless stakeholders to look at the local characteristics of homelessness, assist agencies that provide services to persons experiencing homelessness, identify gaps in services and trends of persons served, and continuously improve our system of care.

HMIS’s goals are to:
  • Focus on our clients by improving coordinated care for and services to those experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of homelessness throughout Erie City and County
  • Provide a user-friendly and high-quality information system that expedites client intake procedures, improves referral accuracy, and supports the collection of quality information that can be used for program improvement and service planning, and
  • Meet the reporting requirements of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), HUD’s Federal Partners, and other funders as needed.
All HMIS-Erie staff and users are required to follow all state and federal requirements regarding client/consumer confidentiality and data security. HMIS-Erie is designed to deliver timely, credible, and high quality data about services provided to those experiencing homelessness or persons at risk for becoming homeless with a community goal of reducing and ultimately ending homelessness in our community.
Who we serve:
  • Homeless provider agencies
  • Homeless population of Erie County

How we serve:

  • Unduplicated homeless count
  • Identify causes of homelessness and typical characteristics of homelessness in Erie County
  • Improve capacity to serve client by coordination of care between agencies
  • Use data to inform partner Agencies and community interests
  • Streamline data collection and reporting for governmental agencies
  • Identify gaps in services
  • Use HMIS-Erie data to drive local program policy and design
  • Better understanding of homeless and poverty issues
  • Annual Progress Report (APR) generation
  • Annual Homelessness Assessment Report (AHAR) generation

HMIS-Erie Policies and Procedures

Housing and Urban Development

Disclaimer: Most forms contain the required consent form.

Runaway Homeless Youth

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Project for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH)


Erie County Courthouse - 140 West Sixth Street, Erie, PA 16501 - (814) 451-6000 - TDD Phone: (814) 451-6237 - Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm
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