The Berks Coalition to End Homelessness stands against police brutality of any kind, and stands with those fighting against the systematic racism and inequity so prevalent in the United States. In Berks County, while only 7.2% of the overall population identifies as black, black people make up 35% of the homeless population. This gross disparity is unacceptable, and BCEH allies with the community to fight for racial equity in regard to the issue of fair housing specifically and across all issues.
As individuals and an organization, we commit to looking more closely at our work in a way that better incorporates anti-racist philosophy and recognizes the value of Black Lives in our community. We aim to continue this conversation for as long as it takes to reach a place of true racial equity in our community, county, and beyond.
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PIT Count Update:
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, BCEH will be conducting an alternative PIT Count on January 22, 2021. In the past, BCEH relied heavily volunteers who have been very generous with their time. In an attempt to follow CDC guidelines and keep everyone safe, BCEH staff will be conducting the PIT Count internally. The PIT Count for 2021 will be conducted using observational surveys only. We are looking forward to resuming our standard PIT Count procedure in 2022.
HUD renewed funding for existing projects and has made award amounts public on their website. The link below will provide you with more information and a complete list of project awards.
Effective immediately, HUD’s Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) will use two different listservs on HUD’s website to communicate information regarding information developed by HUD/SNAPS concerning:
- Continuum of Care (CoC) Program;
- Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Programs;
- Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP);
- Other Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) developed by SNAPS; and
- Any other information related to SNAPS programs and the work to end homelessness.
Information and guidance produced by HUD technical assistance providers regarding SNAPS programs remains on the HUD Exchange and new information will continue to appear. But documents and communication written by SNAPS will no longer be sent through the HUD Exchange listserv. Please communicate this information to your homeless organizations, local government contacts, interested stakeholders, etc.
Please sign up for the listservs as soon as you can so you do not miss important information regarding the FY 2021 CoC Program Competition, including GIW release, and other information related to SNAPS programs.
We also ask that you provide this information on your CoC’s website and at public forums.
To subscribe to the SNAPS Competitions listserv please click on the link: https://www.hud.gov/subscribe/signup?listname=SNAPS%20Competitions&list=SNAPS-COMPETITIONS-L
To subscribe to the SNAPS Program Information listserv please click on the link: https://www.hud.gov/subscribe/signup?listname=SNAPS%20Program%20Information&list=SNAPS-PROGRAM-INFORMATION-L
The Grant Inventory Worksheet (GIW) that HUD most recently released is available to view here:
BCEH consists of over 60 agencies, businesses, and individuals all working toward preventing, reducing, and ending homelessness in Berks County.
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