COLUMBIA — The United Way of the Midlands and United Way Association of South Carolina will work with homeless coalitions across the state to integrate the Homeless Management Information Systems and the referral call line 2-1-1—making South Carolina one of the first states in the country to do so.
UWM and partners will develop a Coordinated Screening and Assessment System to more effectively connect people in need to resources. This innovative system will syndicate four previously separate HMISs to create a uniform system for all of South Carolina. Integrating these resources will allow for better referrals, as well as improved analysis of services and housing needs.
“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. Any local agency using the HMIS system or 2-1-1 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,” said Mac Bennett, UWM President and CEO.
“2-1-1 already provides 24/7 assistance to over 137,000 callers per year in the state. Integration with HMIS will help us provide more real time information on resources and make our work even more effective,” said Tim Ervolina, President UWASC.
UWM will integrate HMIS and 2-1-1 in 26 counties in the state from the Midlands to the Florence/Myrtle Beach areas. There will be a roll-out period of training for 2-1-1 and agencies, and by the beginning of January, the Coordinated Screening and Assessment System will be publicly introduced. Beginning June 2014, all HMISs in the state are projected to be connected to 2-1-1 and the Coordinated Screening and Assessment System.