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

Update: HSLynk’s HMIS feature set is progressing rapidly, due in Q1 2020.  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

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

We have a list of other proposed features in our issue tracker