In 2001, Congress directed the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HID) to ensure the collection of more reliable data regarding the use of homeless programs.  HUD required all Continuum of Care applicants to demonstrate progress in implementing a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).

The NorCal CoC, and its Executive board led a planning process, encompassing seven counties across the Continuum.  This process resulted in the selection of a system that would not only satisfy the HUD mandate, but would also provide the NorCal Continuum with a means to measure the effectiveness of program serving homeless persons, as well as the new system provided the ability to conduct case management for all kinds of housing and supportive services.  The system provides its users and the service providers with a way to better manage their programs and ultimately their success.

Presently, Shasta, Lassen, Plumas, Sierra, Siskiyou, Modoc, Del Norte, Colusa, Glenn and Trinity Counties are part of an HMIS Collaborative called the NorCal HMIS which includes two Continuums of Care (CoC’s).

Advantages of a Regional Approach

Homelessness is not isolated to a single city or county.  Coordinating efforts across broader regions result in information sharing that serves the needs of all the constituencies involved.  Among the primary advantages of working at a regional level are:

  • Some homeless service providers have programs in more than one CoC;
  • Homeless persons may travel across county line or between CoC’s to receive all of the services that they need;
  • Northern California will benefit from have regional data and reports to demonstrate the true picture of housing and homelessness;
  • Service providers can benefit from coordinated planning.  This could lead to greater consistency in the information collected and reported, making it easier for provider staff to communicate issues and for clients to understand what agencies are asking.

The NorCal Continuum of Care (CoC) Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) is designed to help provide effective services and information to assist the homeless, or those at-risk, to achieve housing stability and self-sufficiency.  We strive to be a vehicle to foster coordination, collaboration and cooperation, improve program quality ad collect accurate data.


Agencies Required to Participate in HMIS

HMIS is required for the following programs that are grantees under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development:

  • Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) funded agencies
  • Continuum of Care (CoC) funded agencies

To access HMIS Governance, Policies and Procedures:

To access HMIS Intake, Training Guides, Data Sharing Agreements, VI-SPDAT Assessment Tools and other user documentation:

To view the HMIS Licenses 2019 HMIS License

To reach the HMIS Administrator, Torri Cardilino, please call her at 530-245-6431 or via email at