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Data Privacy and Data Security in the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)

In today’s data-driven society, it has become more important than ever to protect the personal privacy of individuals and families that access housing resources through homeless services agencies and programs. The US Department of Housing and Community Development (HUD), which administers the Continuum of Care Program (CoC), has set strict regulatory requirements for the collection, storage, sharing, and safeguarding of client level data entered into the electronic Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). The Cape Cod and Islands CoC has incorporated, implemented, and updated these federal mandates into the HMIS Data Security Plan as part of the HMIS Policies and Procedures. For more information and to watch the HMIS Security Training click here.