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.
As of yet, the 2020 NOFA competition has not taken place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. HUD has made no official announcements at this time regarding the 2020 NOFA. Unofficially, we have heard that the funding will remain the same for renewal grants. There may be some additional funding available for the fiscal year 2020 on a competition basis. We are unsure at this time what category and uses the additional funding would cover. As soon as there is a definitive announcement from HUD this notice will be updated. – December 22, 2020
BCEH consists of over 60 agencies, businesses, and individuals all working toward preventing, reducing, and ending homelessness in Berks County.
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