From the very start, our sole focus has been to assist tribal and public housing authorities in simplifying the incredibly difficult rules and regulations associated with providing housing for those most in need.
Our founders, Richard Wagner and Leo Hirsch, leveraged their public and tribal housing expertise to write the first piece of software for Housing Data Specialists in the late 1980s. At the time, the use of computers and software in the industry was a radically new idea.
In 1991, they and two others founded Housing Data Systems (HDS) to continue serving the market. We opened the doors to our first office in West Salem, Wisconsin, and gave the HDS software suite its first major rewrite. By 1996 we signed our 100th client.
In 1999, HDS had converted customers to a new, highly customizable version of the HDSWin product. The last major rewrite of HDSWin was completed in 2008, the same year we celebrated our 300th client.
The birth of HDS Labs
Our CEO, Doug Chapiewsky joined the company in 2011 and helped to establish the HDS Labs team in Denver, whose mission it is to innovate on our housing management solutions. Starting in 2014, HDS Labs added three new applications to the HDSWin suite:
• HDS Mobile Inspections
• HDS Queue, for online waiting lists
• HDS Fileroom, a paperless file management system specifically for housing authorities
Starting in 2015, HDS Labs began development of Doorways, which is the most comprehensive and easy-to-use solution on the market. In 2019, Doorways began wide distribution across the U.S. public and tribal housing markets.