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Homeless Management Information System and 211 to launch coalition for the homeless

(Source: United Way of the Midlands) (Source: United Way of the Midlands)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

The United Way of the Midlands (UWM) and United Way Association of South Carolina (UWASC) will work with homeless coalitions across the state to integrate the Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) and the referral call line 211 to make South Carolina one of the first states in the country to do so, according to a news release.

The coalition will develop a coordinated screening and assessment system to more effectively connect people in need to resources.

The system will group four previously separate management information systems to create a uniform system for all of South Carolina, officials said.

"Integrating these resources will allow for better referrals, as well as improved analysis of services and housing needs," the release stated.

"We're happy to have a role in leading the development of a system that will effectively connect the high-quality agencies in our community," said Mac Bennett, UWM president and CEO. "Any local agency using the HMIS system or 211 will be able to place those in need with available resources. The system creates a ‘no-wrong door approach' because they will be notified of availability and options."

The 211 service provides 24/7 assistance to over 137,000 callers per year in the state, Bennett said.

"Integration with HMIS will help us provide more real time information on resources and make our work even more effective," said Tim Ervolina, President of the United Way Association of South Carolina.

UWM will integrate HMIS and 211 in 26 counties in the state from the Midlands to the Florence and Myrtle Beach areas.

By June 2014, all HMISs in the state are projected to be connected to 211 and other screening systems, officials said.

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