Strategic Action Plan on Homelessness. Develop an approach to track departmental progress in preventing, reducing, and ending homelessness for HHS clientele

03/01/2007

Strategy 4.1    Inventory data relevant to homelessness currently collected in HHS targeted and mainstream programs; including program participants housing status

Examples of Activities:

  • Inventory and compile the data currently collected within the Department relevant to homelessness; domains may include: OPDIV, title of data source; population included; method of data collection; web link to the data source (or directly to data that are publicly available), and strengths and limitations, among others.
  • Review data elements relevant to homelessness and housing status currently collected across HHS programs in order to identify opportunities to compare data across programs, gaps in data collection, as well opportunities to link data across administrative systems. 

Strategy 4.2    Develop an approach for establishing baseline data on the number of homeless individuals and families served in HHS programs

Examples of Activities:

  • Support a research project to begin the exploration of available data that could be used to identify the number of homeless persons currently accessing HHS mainstream programs by investigating which states currently collect housing status data from applicants of Medicaid and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the two largest HHS mainstream programs that may serve individuals or families experiencing homelessness.
  • Explore the feasibility of collecting data regarding the housing status or program participants of HHS mainstream service programs.

Strategy 4.3    Explore a strategy to track improved access to HHS mainstream and targeted programs for persons experiencing homelessness, including individuals experiencing chronic homelessness

Examples of Activities:

  • Partner with all HHS agencies that support homeless programs and identify incentives and standard policy language that requires recipients of federal funds to document attempts at improved access to mainstream target programs.
  • Collaborate with states and local entities to support efforts to document homelessness and share data with HHS as agreed to by partners.  Ensure that any agreements developed are feasible and that the response burden does not exceed that which is deemed reasonable and negotiable by all parties.

Strategy 4.4    Coordinate HHS data activities with other federal data activities related to homelessness

Examples of Activities:

  • Generate an inventory of all data elements utilized by various agencies in order to establish similarities and differences within each respective system.  Compare HHS inventory with the inventory of other Federal agencies, such as HUD.
  • Monitor the development of HUDs Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) and seek opportunities to partner with HUD and local Continuums of Care on future research initiatives utilizing HMIS data, while maintaining the confidentiality of personally identifying information about individuals served by domestic violence programs.
  • Disseminate the findings and results of HHS data collection efforts with Federal partners and collaborate on efforts to improve data quality on homelessness.

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