The Georgia Homeless Management Information Systems (GHMIS) is intended to provide a community with an unduplicated count of its
homeless population. HUD requires each Continuum of Care to implement an HMIS System to
report jurisdictional data, and to contribute data to the upcoming Annual Homeless Assessment Report.
With the exception of Columbus-Muscogee, Georgia's Continuums have developed a partnership to implement Pathways Compass to serve as its HMIS. In addition to collecting data Pathways Compass facilitates collaborative
case management, thus giving each service provider a more comprehensive client history and preventing the duplication of services.
The use of HMIS is not restricted to organizations receiving public funds; all providers of homeless services and/or shelter are
encouraged to participate. If you are not now participating and wish to participate, please contact the Continuum of Care lead (link) for your locality.
Georgia HMIS Governance
The Georgia Homeless Management Information System partnership (GHMIS) has developed an initial "Governance Charter" to outline the governance roles, responsibilities, relationship, and authorities of Georgia’s eight (8) participating Continua of Care (Atlanta, Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, Augusta-Richmond, Savannah-Chatham, Athens-Clarke, and the Balance of State, hereinafter referred to as “the Continua”), the HMIS Lead Agency [the Georgia Housing and Finance Authority (GHFA)], and participating agencies.
The governance charter is designed to ensure the operation of and consistent participation in the GHMIS for the purpose of meeting HUD requirements and making planning and funding decisions. Where Continuums share a single HMIS implementation, it is important for data quality and other standards to be established for the entire HMIS implementation.
Through its Balance of State Continuum of Care (BoS Continuum) portfolio, and since 2003, GHFA funds many of the essential functions of the GHMIS implementation in compliance with the HUD Data Standards. As such, GHFA serves as the HMIS Lead for the eight (8) Continuums participating in the GHMIS implementation. By participating in the GHMIS implementation, the Continuums agree to adopt the initial terms of the By Laws, as linked below: