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NLADA Submits Memo to HUD on Client Confidentiality Issue around Homelessness Stimulus Funds

The National Legal Aid & Defender Association submitted the attached memo to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that addresses the issue of client confidentiality that has surfaced around the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) reporting requirement for the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  It came to our attention that a number of legal aid providers seeking HPRP funds to provide legal services to help low-income people avoid homelessness, are being mandated by the state or local authority administering ARRA funds to participate fully in the HMIS to receive the funds.  In this memo NLADA is urging HUD to consider the confidentiality issue as it revises the Technical Standards related to privacy, security and other topics and to exercise its rule-making power to implement the HMIS reporting requirement section in a way that Congress' intent does not override attorney-client privileges or professional responsibility rules.  

We are awaiting a response from HUD and will certainly update the community on how this issue is resolved. In the meantime, we encourage you to share questions and comments related to this issue on FOLA. 

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