HSLynk Open Source's steady march toward being a full Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)

Update: HSLynk’s HMIS feature set is progressing rapidly.  Once complete, you can add full HMIS compliance into your own products.
HSLynk Open Source's steady march toward being a full Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)
image courtesy of Leonardo Gabriel

Before we discuss our timeline, when we say that HSLynk is nearing a full HMIS feature set, it’s not really comparable to other systems out there.  We are entirely different, in that we can be embedded into other systems as a B2B service, or have new 3rd party user interface apps built with it.  

We see HMIS as a series of rules and reports; it doesn’t necessarily call for new, stand-alone case management software systems.  Why require each legacy community system or software vendor to separately implement HMIS? HMIS and Coordinated Housing Entry can be a Platform as a Service (PaaS), and that platform can be HSLynk Open Source. With open code, we can all work on a single problem together, saving a huge amount of development and maintenance resources.  And aside from the code, our hosting costs are very reasonable and flexible.

The architecture to enable these flexible platform capabilities doesn’t allow HSLynk to take any architectural shortcuts limiting flexibility, so what we have is truly interoperable and modular.  We don’t sell “logins”; we serve API access.

HSLynk has the following key features: 

  • API access to everything in it, to power any apps or community integrations

  • Big Data reporting, using your own off-the-shelf reporting tools.

  • As a true open source project, all communities benefit from any improvements, and the code is freely available to reuse. 

  • Push notifications, subscriptions to notifications, emails, and sharing controls 

With these features, you can:

  • add HMIS to your existing non-HMIS software product, with minimal effort

  • make a new HMIS App with a user interface, exactly as you want it

  • run the existing Community Technology Alliance’s HOME App be your HMIS user interface

The following is our timeline for a full feature set of HMIS data processing capabilities.  The bedlist management feature will require new or existing customer buy-in for the implementation feature to be realized.  We have a list of other proposed features in our issue tracker

HMIS Timeline


Support 2020 HMIS Data Standard


FY2020 HMIS CSV export


Support 2020 HMIS APR Report


Support Point-In-Time (PIT) count report (APIs to populate and edit already in 2020 APIs), Big Data access, canned PDF, and CSV report export


Support 2018 Housing Inventory Chart


2020 LSA report, with Big Data access, canned PDF and CSV report export


HMIS System Performance Measures Report


Big Data Hive/Impala views for client detail of APR report sections


Hive views for client detail of each LSA report section


Provide a housing/shelter bedlist tracking feature set