Point in Time Count

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.


The Point In Time Count (PIT Count) is an annual census of the homeless population across the country. Early in the morning on the day of the PIT count, scores of volunteers will head out across the city of Reading and Berks County to count as many people experiencing unsheltered homelessness as possible. Volunteers will count people sleeping in cars, tents, parks, under bridges, and on the streets. The information from this count is used to guide public policy and is vital for securing resources to help end homelessness in our community.