Data tells a story. Each data point represents a part of someone’s life—their home or lack of one, their family, education, health—and it can be the turning point for their future.
Thanks to our electronic database, the Homeless Information Management System, we have the information to continuously improve our programs and services and identify emerging trends, so that no one falls through the gaps in the system of care. To date, 32 agencies are using the HMIS across 200 programs. It is the technological backbone of Calgary’s homeless-serving system, tying together programs and services into a coherent system of care.
We also take part in the biennial Point-in-Time Count, which gives us a snapshot of who is experiencing homelessness in Calgary.