We recognize how important the U.S. Census is for the clients we serve. Counting every person, is among many things, an important step in providing funding for many social services, including homeless services.
We encourage agencies to work closely with their local Census representatives to ensure all the persons they serve are counted in the U.S. Census.
However, releasing HMIS data directly to the U.S. Census is not appropriate. It directly conflicts with clients signed releases of information, and ultimately clients should have the choice to be counted. The UHMIS Steering Committee met on July 15, 2020, and confirmed this guidance as a committee.
More information about the U.S. Census can be found here: https://2020census.gov/