Each year, the Sonoma County Continuum of Care submits two reports using Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) data to the United States’ Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
System Performance Measures (SPM)
A critical aspect of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, as amended, is a focus on viewing the local homeless response as a coordinated system of homeless assistance options as opposed to homeless assistance programs and funding sources that operate independently in a community. To facilitate this perspective the Act now requires communities to measure their performance as a coordinated system, in addition to analyzing performance by specific projects or project types.
The Act has established a set of selection criteria for HUD to use in awarding Continuum of Care (CoC) funding in section 427 that require Continuums of Care (CoCs) to report to HUD their system-level performance. The intent of these selection criteria are to encourage CoCs, in coordination with Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program recipients and all other homeless assistance stakeholders in the community, to regularly measure their progress in meeting the needs of people experiencing homelessness in their community and to report this progress to HUD.
CoCs also play an integral role in Consolidated Plan (Con Plan) jurisdictions’ planning process. They are required to provide the jurisdiction with the information necessary to complete the Con Plan(s) for homeless assistance provided to persons within the CoC’s geographic area that falls within the Con Plan jurisdiction’s geographic area, including data on performance measures. HUD uses the system-level performance information as a competitive element in its annual CoC Program Competition, and to gauge the state of the homeless response system, nationally.
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Longitudinal Systems Analysis (LSA)
The Longitudinal Systems Analysis (LSA) report is produced with data from the Sonoma County Continuum of Care’s Homelessness Management Information System (HMIS), submitted annually to Housing and Urban Development, and provides HUD and CoCs with critical information about how people experiencing homelessness use their system of care.
LSA reports for 2019 and 2020 will be made available as soon as possible.
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Differences between LSA and SPM Reporting Logic
Both the Longitudinal Systems Analysis (LSA) and the System Performance Measures (SPM) provide CoCs with a look at their overall system functioning.
- The SPM is a summary and year-to-year comparison of system wide counts, averages, and medians related to seven areas of performance.
- The LSA also includes data related to several of the same areas of performance, but the business logic defined by HUD for the two reports differs substantially.
View Differences between LSA and SPM Reporting Logic
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