• 4.7.2017 - Upcoming Webinars on HMIS Privacy Policies

    Privacy policies impact everything we do in Human Services. As a system administrator, you know the challenge of ensuring your policies are clearly and accurately defined, documented, and maintained. Whether you're drafting your policies for the first time or looking to update your current policies, we have a couple upcoming webinars that may be helpful to you. Details below.Data Privacy 101 for Human ServicesTues...

  • 4.4.2017 - Residential Move-In Date Field Update

    Please note that there will be an update this week within the Clarity Human Services Enrollment, Status, and Exit screens regarding the HUD HMIS Data Standards Element 4.17 Residential Move-In Date. This update will appear for the standard system screens associated with rapid re-housing projects. The field In Permanent Housing will be removed, with only the Date of Move-In field appearing on the screens. Additiona...

  • 3.31.2017 - [HUDX-226] Annual Performance Report [2017]

    As of April 1, 2017, HUD will begin requiring CoC Program grant recipients to submit their APR data through a new online database—the Sage HMIS Reporting Repository. Communities will no longer submit APRs in e-snaps. This change will apply to all CoC homeless assistance grants, regardless of when they were initially funded.If the APR was due before April 1, 2017, and you were late submitting, you will need to subm...

  • 3.17.2017 - 2017 PATH Annual Report Early Release

    We are pleased to announce the early release of the updated PATH (Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness) Annual Report in BETA mode to all users of the Clarity Human Services software. Our team has developed the PATH APR based on specifications provided to us by HUD, and in alignment with requirements for reporting from HMIS as stated by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrati...

  • 3.09.2017 - March 2017 Feature Update

    Clarity Human Services is excited to announce another feature update! In addition to general tweaks and enhancements, this release comes with new and improved features in the following categories: Coordinated Entry: Support for Sharing Groups Bed Inventory: Multiple Seasonal Inventories Enhanced Public Listing Based on Sharing Groups Enabled Non-Federal Funding Source to Be Tied to Projects Custom Assessment Proc...

  • 2.27.2017 - Completed Screen Cleanup

    On February 24-27, Bitfocus conducted a screen cleanup of outdated System Screens within Clarity Human Services. The purpose of this cleanup was to optimize the system for all users, and to help communities maintain compliance with the most recent data standards updates. Please review the summary of this cleanup below.The following changes were made: 1. The following Standard System Screens were removed completely...

  • 2.17.2017 - Upcoming Screen Cleanup Notice #3

    This is a friendly reminder that, in one week, we will be conducting a Screen Cleanup of outdated System Screens. Please review the details below to ensure your system is prepared for this update.We will be conducting a Screen Cleanup on February 24, 2017. The purpose of this cleanup is to optimize the system for all users, and to help communities maintain compliance with the most recent data standards updates. Pl...

  • 1.24.2017 - Upcoming Screen Cleanup Notice #2

    This is a friendly reminder that, in one month, we will be conducting a Screen Cleanup of outdated System Screens. Please review the details below to ensure your system is prepared for this update.We will be conducting a Screen Cleanup on February 24, 2017. The purpose of this cleanup is to optimize the system for all users, and to help communities maintain compliance with the most recent data standards updates. P...

  • 1.06.2017 - Upcoming Screen Cleanup Notice #1

    We will be conducting a Screen Cleanup on February 24, 2017. The purpose of this cleanup is to optimize the system for all users, and to help communities maintain compliance with the most recent data standards updates. Please note that the following changes will be made effective February 24, 2017.   1. The following Standard System Screens will be removed completely from the database: The Profile Screen titled &...

  • 1.04.2017 - Upcoming Webinar on Engaging Community Sectors

    Ending homelessness requires everyone coming together to develop and carry out solutions as a team. But how do you bring various community sectors to the CoC and HMIS table?In an upcoming webinar, we'll provide 16 ideas, tips, and real-life examples you can apply to your own CoC. Learn more and register here.

  • 12.28.2016 - Program-Based HIC Report

    We are pleased to announce the release of a program-based HIC report this year, which relies strictly on program bed and unit inventory for report inclusion rather than the service-based versions we have supported in the past. Both service- and program-based versions of the HIC are now available for use within Clarity Human Services. Both are located in the Housing section of the Report Library.   [HUDX-123] Housi...

  • 12.15.2016 - December 2016 Feature Update

    Clarity Human Services is excited to announce another feature update! This feature update further enhances the functionality and security of Clarity Human Services. As such, it is important to review this article in order to understand these changes. This update primarily features changes regarding the new HUD 5.1 XML Data Standards as we are continuously working to ensure Clarity Human Services maintains complian...

  • 12.07.2016 - Upcoming Webinar on Mapping the 2017 Unsheltered PIT Count

    We understand that the unsheltered PIT count can be overwhelming and resource-intensive. Mapping relevant data can be a huge help to efficiently organizing the count. We are offering a webinar where we will discuss 3 important pieces of data to map, and then walk you through how to actually map each layer of data. Learn more and register here.

  • 11.22.2016 - Summary of the 2016 AHAR

    Last week, HUD released Part 1 of the 2016 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR). This report details the findings of the 2016 PIT and HIC counts, including estimates for homeless veterans, unaccompanied youth, families with children, individuals, and chronically homeless persons. As usual, HUD did a great job presenting the AHAR data. But perhaps you don't quite have the time this week (especially with Thanksg...

  • 11.08.2016 - Upcoming Webinar on Data Entry and SSVF Data Quality Reports

    In a recent blog post, we discuss the importance of good data quality in our efforts to end homelessness, and offer some ideas to ensure good data quality within your community.In an upcoming webinar, we'll focus specifically on data quality for veteran homelessness. When it comes to this subpopulation, reporting can be a bit of a challenge because of the SSVF program's high data quality threshold. Data quality re...

  • 11.07.2016 - Versions of the AHAR Within Clarity Human Services

    Clarity Human Services was pleased to announce the release of a program-based AHAR this year, which relied strictly on program entry/exit for report inclusion rather than the service-based versions we have supported in the past.However, since it’s release, there has been some confusion around which version of the AHAR would be best used by communities. So we’d like to take a moment to provide clarification. There ...

  • 10.27.2016 - HMIS Data Standards Update #9

    We have received a few questions regarding the requirements for back data-entry related to the Data Standards Updates that took place on October 1, 2016. Please refer to the document, Data Entry for HMIS Critical Data Standards Changes, for the updated data standards back data-entry requirements.Per this document, you should only have to check the data in 3.917 Living Situation. For data element 3.917, no back dat...

  • 10.13.2016 - HMIS Data Standards Update #8

    In the latest update from HUD to vendors, we were notified that HUD plans to make further adjustments to the APR specifications and release it to vendors by the end of the year. In light of that, we will be taking the "[HUDX-220] Annual Performance Report [OCT2015][FUTURE]" report offline for all implementations, as it will not be supported by Bitfocus in its present form.HUD further informed us that unt...

  • 10.06.2016 - HMIS Data Standards Update #7

    We are writing with the latest news on the new HMIS Data Standards, as well as some clarifications on the changes of the screens. Attached is the file we received from HUD that you might find useful when deciding whether your implementation will perform back data entry on the new data standards. Download the file here. [2016] VA: Project Enrollment, [2016] VA: Project Status, and [2016] VA: Project Exit can be us...

  • 9.29.2016 - HMIS Data Standards Update #6

    An updated timeline for rolling out the new Data Standards is as follow: Monday, October 3, 2016 - Updated Paper Forms will be available on the Customer Portal (under Additional Resources). System Administrators, please do not forget to update your templates by October 3, 2016, with the new 2016 version of the screens. Night of October 9, 2016 - CSV 4.1 will go offline. SSVF projects are recommended to submit Sep...

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