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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 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 compiled from it as the test environment for data collection nationally for HUD and the Federal Partners (Departments of Health and Human Services and Veterans Affairs).
  • 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 aggregated annual performance data nationally from all Continuum of Care for the Homeless and Emergency Solutions Provider recipients. The data in this system is used by policy makers and communities to measure the effectiveness of the shelters, street outreach, service and housing projects nationally which HUD funds in their effort to end homelessness.

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.