The Office of Neighborhood Improvement gathers data from various sources to estimate the extent of homelessness in the County. We currently estimate that approximately 5,000 individuals contacted a County organization the past year to seek assistance because they were homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
Neighborhood Improvement recently completed its annual Point-in-Time Survey of the homeless for 2013. This one-day effort obtains a "snapshot in time" count of homeless people in the County. This one measure, which is required by HUD, returned a count of 919 people on January 24.
The Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) is a Congressional mandate for all jurisdictions that receive federal funding for homeless and homeless prevention services. The Baltimore County HMIS is a cooperative community case management tool that allows governmental agencies and non-profit organizations to better serve their homeless clientele.
Federal, state and local government, as well as non-government grantors, use HMIS data to analyze program performance, which will then help determine funding opportunities.
More than 30 Baltimore County non-profit organizations and more than 80 Baltimore County homeless or homeless prevention programs utilize HMIS.
Baltimore County uses Bowman System's ServicePoint software to deliver our HMIS services.
HMIS System Administrator