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Focused on making an impact through data, the Partnership Center provides a range of technical assistance (TA) services for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Through Cooperative Agreements and contracts with HUD, the expertise of PCL staff extends nationally to governments, communities, and direct service providers. As subject matter experts in Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS), PCL staff provide real world solutions to incorporate data findings into ending homelessness.

National HMIS Data Lab

As the national HMIS Data Lab, PCL facilitates HUD’s data collection and reporting on homelessness across the country. To enhance HMIS data collection and performance we:

  • Use our VESTA-HMIS software and data are obfuscated and/or aggregated from it as the test environment for use nationally for HUD and the Federal Partners (Departments of Health and Human Services and Veterans Affairs) to consider reporting options, outcomes/outputs and policy around homelessness.
  • Provide the framework for all HMIS software to operate, including: annual updates to the HMIS Data Dictionary, reporting methodologies, and programming specifications for apples-to-apples reporting nationally.
  • Support policy through critical thinking on data collection and reporting, data analysis, training, and direct support.


PCL developed and administers the Sage HMIS Reporting Repository to collect annual performance data nationally from all Continuum of Care for the Homeless (CoC) and Emergency Solutions Provider (ESG) recipients. CoC Annual Progress Reports, ESG CAPERs, and ESG-CV Reporting is all collected through Sage. The data collected from recipients is blended with inventory information, and award and financial information to support the critical analysis of projects locally and nationally. It is used by HUD to measure the effectiveness of the shelters, street outreach, service, and housing projects nationally which HUD funds in their effort to end homelessness. It is one of the measurements and reporting elements of the National Data Analysis Project to provide information to Congress on homelessness. Additionally, robust reporting supports CoC project management and an innovative Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program’s collaborative dashboard enables providers to view and measure performance, equity, and outcomes not only about their youth project but comparing their project to their communities and the countries.

Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program Support

PCL works with the communities and HMIS Lead Agencies who have been awarded Youth Homeless Demonstration Programs through HUD. The projects funded through this special initiative support young people experiencing homelessness. PCL’s work helps communities focus on data collection and reporting efforts in order to better understand both the youth who have become homeless and to measure the effectiveness of the initiative.