Why Data Matters:
It is important that policies, procedures, interventions, and practice be monitored and evaluated. Through this evaluation we are able to better understand what works in our community. This then allows us to focus our efforts into the strategies that best fit our consumers needs.
The Point in Time Count (PIT) is conducted every year on the last Wednesday in January. The PIT is intended to provide a “snap shot” into what the homeless population is like in a particular area. Please see the link below to learn more about the dynamics of homelessness in Berks County.
The Housing Inventory Count
The Housing Inventory Count (HIC) is conducted every year on the last Wednesday in January. It occurs at the same time as the PIT so that utilization rates can be measured accurately. Please see the link below to see a breakdown of the emergency housing available in Berks County.
Reading Berks County Comparison
The Berks Coalition to End Homelessness has done a comparison of social, economic, and housing statistics for Reading and Berks County. Using American Community Survey 3- year estimates we were able to review the differences between Reading and the rest of Berks County.
The Annual Homeless Assessment Report
The AHAR is the annual homeless assessment report to Congress. All the homeless data from across the country is compiled in this report. This is what our data looked like: