The Partnership Center, Ltd. (PCL) was established in 1997 to create new ways for organizations to improve their performance and effectiveness using data driven solutions. 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.



VESTA – HMIS is a web-based system designed and used for data collection and reporting on projects serving persons experiencing homelessness as well as related projects of the agencies that serve them. It’s use, under an agreement with HUD, is limited to the Cincinnati Metropolitan Statistical Area.

VESTA – Community Software is a system designed and used for by agencies to expand their data collection beyond the limitations of HMIS to service all the projects of their agencies, to provide emergency assistance and food pantry management, and to integrate case management into data collection, enable real-time use of a database to encourage data quality and client support simultaneously.

SAGE HMIS Reporting Repository is a web-based system designed for and used by HUD to collect aggregate data on all Continuum of Care and Emergency Shelter grant projects funded by HUD nationally.

THYME CDS is a web-based Comparable Database System (CDS) designed to be used by agencies serving victims of domestic violence. It is designed to meet all Violence Against Women Act, HMIS and practical use requirements needed and requirements for a CDS.


PCL is a primary national Technical Assistance provider for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS). As such, PCL operates the National HMIS Data and Research Lab. The Data Lab enables HUD and other federal agencies to plan, manage and standardize HMIS data collection nationally. The Lab is used to create HMIS data standards, outcome-based reporting standards, and models for best practices in data collection. All aimed at ending homelessness. Some of the other work of the Data Lab includes:

  • Working with all HMIS software vendors and HMIS System Administrators to bring the latest information to them and address their specific questions and issues;
  • Supporting the work of HUD and their federal partners to measure and report on ending veteran homelessness, youth homelessness and chronic homelessness;
  • Integration and reporting on system wide performance measurement;
  • Creating tools and resources to support quality in data collection, system set-up, and outputs.