The Partnership Center, Ltd. (PCL) was established in 1997 to create new ways for organizations to improve their performance and effectiveness in order to address homelessness and poverty issues by creating new service models and collaborative efforts. Using data driven solutions, PCL’s work is focused on helping improve performance of programs and projects across Cincinnati and the nation.  We work with federal agencies, funders, and community service organizations that plan, fund, or provide housing and services, to persons experiencing homelessness and/or low-income persons.

Working together to end homelessness and enhance the  effectiveness of organizations addressing critical social needs.


PCL is a primary national Technical Assistance provider for HUD on Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS). PCL and VESTA are the National HMIS Data and Lab of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).   The Data Lab enables HUD, and other federal agencies, to use VESTA along with aggregate community data to consider best practices for outcome reporting and client trends in order to develop policies for ending homelessness.  The work of the Data Lab includes:

  • Data Standards development and testing;
  • Development of programming specifications for federal reports generated by HMIS systems across the nation;
  • Supporting the work of the federal partner agencies, to measure and report on ending veteran homelessness, youth homelessness, and chronic homelessness;
  • Creating tools to support cross system functionality;
  • Consultation with HUD and the Federal Partners on data, performance measurement, and the integration of solutions;
  • Development and System Administration of Sage, the HMIS Reporting Repository.


VESTA is used across the Cincinnati/Hamilton County Continuum of Care for the Homeless as its Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). Since 2004, 100% of the providers of services and housing for persons experiencing homelessness on the streets, in shelters, and transitional and permanent housing use VESTA – the only community in the nation with such a record.

  • PCL also provides the HMIS Lead Agency functions to manage the Cincinnati/Hamilton County’s HMIS implementation, provides user training and support, and develops new reports and supportive tools for the CoC.
  • VESTA is used by the United Way of Greater Cincinnati since 2010, as the shared measurement system for Emergency Services, to help ensure unified outcome measurement, identify opportunities for stronger collaboration, and reduce duplication of services in support of the United Way’s “Gainful Employment” Bold Goal.
  • VESTA’s “Homeless Certification” system is used for all projects to ensure that homeless persons are those who are receiving services and housing.