Berks Coalition to End Homelessness

Who We Are

Berks Coalition to End Homelessness, Inc. (BCEH) began in 1995 as a volunteer group working to end homelessness in Reading and Berks County, PA.

Since then it has grown to include over 60 agencies, businesses, and individuals, working toward preventing, reducing, and ending homelessness in Berks County. In 2008, BCEH applied for non-profit corporation status and is a 501(c)3.

 

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BCEH is the lead agency of the Reading/Berks County Continuum of Care (PA-506).

BCEH is responsible for the oversight of all Continuum of Care (CoC) policies, procedures, and CoC project funding decisions. BCEH is the collaborative applicant for the CoC Program Competition, the HMIS lead, and the Coordinated Entry lead agency for PA-506. The Continuum of Care works to coordinate community-based processes relating to the experience of homelessness and works to build a system of housing and services to address the needs of those at-risk of/currently experiencing homelessness. The CoC works to establish local priorities for system planning and evaluations of system-wide performance with the goal of making homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring.

 

Membership in the CoC is open to all stakeholders interested in its purposes, including nonprofit organizations, victim service providers, faith-based organizations, government representatives, businesses, advocates, public housing agencies, school districts, mental health agencies, medical organizations, hospitals, universities, affordable housing developers, law enforcement, and people who have formerly or are currently experiencing homelessness.

 

The CoC must prepare and submit a collaborative application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for Federal CoC Program funding to support the operation of homeless assistance projects. This requires designing and implementing a local funding competition and local project ranking strategy. The CoC also engages in Consolidated Planning as it relates to homelessness and CoC and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) spending.

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