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2020 Pre HIC

Housing Inventory Count Survey Instructions

2020 Pre-Housing Inventory Count (HIC) Survey

All surveys must be submitted by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, November 12, 2019.


Every year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires each Continuum of Care (CoC) to count its housing inventory on the same night as the annually required Point-in-Time (PIT) count. This year, the counts will take place on the night of January 23, 2020. 

The accuracy and response rate of this survey contributes to Chicago's overall competition for annual federal funding and Chicago's ability to acquire new resources to serve the homeless.


This survey is required to be completed by all agencies that have beds and units dedicated to serving homeless persons (regardless of funding source), and for permanent housing projects, dedicated for person who were homeless at entry. 

The following Chicago Program Model types must complete a HIC survey. 
  • Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH)
  • Permanent Housing with Short-term Supports (PHwSS)
  • Rapid Re-housing (RRH)
  • Safe Haven (SH)
  • Interim Housing (IH)
  • Emergency Shelter (ES)
  • Youth -Intentional Permanent Supportive Housing (YI-PSH)
  • Youth Transitional Housing - Scattered Site  (Y-TH SS)
  • Youth Transitional Housing - Project Based (Y-TH PB)
  • Youth Transitional Housing - Interim Housing (Y-TH IH)
  • Youth Low Threshold Overnight Shelter (Y-ES)
  • Joint Transitional Housing & Rapid Re-Housing (J-TH/RRH)

Please complete a separate Pre-HIC survey for each applicable project within your agency, regardless of the funding source

All Pre-HIC surveys must be submitted via SurveyGizmo. Paper/PDF copies will not be accepted.

If you have questions regarding this survey, please contact Max Burns at or 312-379-0301 ext 149.

If you would like further information about the Chicago Homelessness Management Information System (HMIS), please contact

Changes to the HIC Process

This year, All Chicago will conduct the HIC process in two separate phases:

Phase one, the 'Pre HIC', will ask projects to verify data found in the HMIS 2020 Pre-HIC Reference Report CoC HMIS. Projects will affirm or update data relating to the following elements of your project:
  • Project information
  • Project type
  • Target population
  • Units (Funded, Over-capacity, Total)
  • Beds (Funded, Over-capacity, Total)
  • Emergency Shelter Beds (ES Project type only)
  • HMIS participation

Phase two, which will take place starting January 23, until January 27, 2020 will ask questions regarding:
  • New/Under development inventory
  • Unit occupancy
  • Bed occupancy
  • Dedicated beds
  • Other Information (Partnerships, other information)

Login - HIC Information 

We have created the HMIS 2020 Pre-HIC Reference Report which will show the Provider/Project SUMMARY and HMIS Project ID as it is in HMIS. The Username must be entered exactly as it is listed in the HMIS 2020 Pre-HIC Reference Report. The password is the HMIS ID associated with the Project.

Username: Provider/Project SUMMARY

Password: HMIS Project ID

In order for the Login to function properly, please copy the Project Name directly from the HMIS 2020 Pre-HIC Reference Report and paste into the Username Box
New Login/Password