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BERKS COALITION TO. HOMELESSNESS end Five-Year Strategic Plan to Prevent, Reduce, and End Homelessness in Berks County 2014 2018. leadership Coalition Members Staff Members Berks Coalition to Abilities in Motion Executive Director Sharon W. Parker Berks Community Action Program (BCAP). End Homelessness Berks Connections/Pretrial Services Outreach Case Manager Ariane Cooney is a group of Berks Counseling Center Berks County Assistance Office Case Manager Stefanie Ferrara representatives Berks County Children and Youth Berks County Community Development of community Berks County District Attorney's Office Board of Directors & government Berks County Housing Authority Executive Committee Berks County Intermediate Unit agencies, as well Berks County MH/DD Program Chair Modesto D. Fiume, Opportunity House Berks County Area Agency on Aging Vice-Chair George J. Vogel, Jr. as concerned Berks Women in Crisis Council on Chemical Abuse citizens whose BerksTALKLINE Treasurer Carol M.

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1 BERKS COALITION TO. HOMELESSNESS end Five-Year Strategic Plan to Prevent, Reduce, and End Homelessness in Berks County 2014 2018. leadership Coalition Members Staff Members Berks Coalition to Abilities in Motion Executive Director Sharon W. Parker Berks Community Action Program (BCAP). End Homelessness Berks Connections/Pretrial Services Outreach Case Manager Ariane Cooney is a group of Berks Counseling Center Berks County Assistance Office Case Manager Stefanie Ferrara representatives Berks County Children and Youth Berks County Community Development of community Berks County District Attorney's Office Board of Directors & government Berks County Housing Authority Executive Committee Berks County Intermediate Unit agencies, as well Berks County MH/DD Program Chair Modesto D. Fiume, Opportunity House Berks County Area Agency on Aging Vice-Chair George J. Vogel, Jr. as concerned Berks Women in Crisis Council on Chemical Abuse citizens whose BerksTALKLINE Treasurer Carol M.

2 Bailey, Berks Counseling Center, Inc. Bridge of Hope Secretary Mindy McCormick, The Salvation Army goal it is to follow Catholic Charities Past Chair Emeritus Dave Reyher, Educator this Five-Year City of Reading Community Development Co-County Wellness Services/Berks AIDS Network Ken Pick County of Berks Strategic Plan to Community Alliance & Reinvestment Endeavor,Inc. Jay Worrall Alvernia University Council on Chemical Abuse Patricia Giles United Way of Berks County Prevent, Reduce Easy Does It, Inc. Sheila Bressler County of Berks, MH/DD. and End Family Promise of Berks County Carolyn Bazik Co-County Wellness Services Friend, Inc. Community Services Stacey Keppen Reading Housing Authority Homelessness in Greater Berks Food Bank Stephanie Quigley Abilities in Motion Greater Reading Mental Health Alliance Thor Vasquez BCAP Budget Counseling Center Berks County. Habitat for Humanity of Berks County Lorena Keely Service Access & Management Hope Rescue Mission Michael Kaucher Reading Berks Conference Immanuel United Church of Christ of Churches Active Committees Jewish Federation Ken Borkey YMCA of Reading and Berks JusticeWorks YouthCare, Inc.

3 Bishop Robert Brookins Community Alliance Planning Life's Choices & Reinvestment Endeavor, Inc. Education Mary's Shelter Mary Kay Bernosky Berks Women in Crisis MidPenn Legal Jerry Cox Formerly Homeless Representative Youth NAMI Berks County Rob Turchi Hope Rescue Mission Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Berks Maria Vazquez MidPenn Legal Social Services New Person Ministries Gwen Didden Family Promise of Berks Permanent Housing Opportunity House Yvonne Stroman Easy Does It, Inc. Reading Berks Conference of Churches Lenin Agudo City of Reading Reading Hospital - ACT Program Reading Housing Authority Service-Learning Partnership Service Access & Management (SAM) Robin Carter Alvernia University, MALS Program St. Elizabeth's Kitchen TASC. Tree of Life Services The Salvation Army Threshold United Community Services United Way of Berks County YMCA of Reading and Berks County Five-Year Strategic Plan to prevent, reduce, and end homelessness in Berks County The Coalition is a public and private partnership that prevents, reduces, and ends homelessness.

4 Collaborating with community partners in delivering housing, social services, and support services creates a more sustainable future for Berks County. focus Preventing, reducing, and ending homelessness As a Coalition there is an agreement to: is a complex problem that requires a coordinated and prevent and end homelessness. comprehensive approach. After all, what is the benefit of continue to support the current structure of keeping people from losing their homes if jobs do not collaboration and cooperation through BCEH. exist that can provide a sustainable, living wage? What focus resources, most especially new ones, toward benefit is there to Berks County residents if social prevention and intervention. services provide rental assistance and mediates with prioritize a rapid re-housing model for those previously landlords if the following month the same financial stable families experiencing non-chronic situation exists? homelessness.

5 Reduce length of stay in emergency shelters within This Five-Year Strategic Plan requires a commitment days by providing increased availability of decent, from government officials, philanthropic organizations, safe, affordable, service-enriched housing options. faith-based organizations, civic groups, businesses, strive to create a more sustainable, synthesized housing/service providers, and concerned citizens. system of services for all vulnerable populations This commitment includes: within Berks County. assessing the current situation and performing ongoing maintain the commitment to follow through with evaluation and monitoring of services and programs, this Plan and analyze the effectiveness of services securing current and future funding, and funding allocated bi-annually. redirecting resources as needed, and establish clear measuring systems and monitor identifying what is most effective. results regularly - focusing on prevention outcomes.

6 BCEH Strategic Plan 2014 - 2018 3. executive Since the founding of our summary country, home The Berks Coalition to End Homelessness, Inc. (BCEH). has been the has developed an extensive multi-sector process in order to create a Plan to end homelessness. Homelessness in center of the Berks County is the result of a wide variety of factors. Beginning in 2012, the BCEH Planning Committee initiated American a process to identify the needs, strategies, goals, and Some individuals are homeless due to financial dream. Stable circumstances. Others are chronically homeless as a result action steps necessary to address homelessness. The housing is the of substance abuse, domestic violence, or mental health goals established by the Coalition were: to reduce homelessness overall, reduce family and youth foundation upon issues. To address the problem of homelessness, BCEH. was formed in 1995. BCEH helps to develop and homelessness, reduce length of stay in emergency shelter, which everything implement services working with public and private sectors and reduce recidivism.

7 A Point-In-Time [PIT] Count in else in a family's January 2013 demonstrated that there were 468 homeless toward ending homelessness. Additionally, BCEH. or individual's life maintains and provides data to support research necessary persons in shelters, transitional housing or unsheltered. is built-without a to make informed policy decisions connected with Women and children make up nearly half of the homeless population in Berks County. safe, affordable prevention. Currently, BCEH provides a significant voice in preventing, reducing and ending homelessness in place to live, it is Berks County, Pennsylvania. much tougher to maintain good health, get a good education or reach your full potential. Shaun Donovan, United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). 4. This Plan identifies BCEH's vision, mission, goals, and _____. strategies. Despite reductions in funding, preventing, Sharon W. Parker, Executive Director reducing, and ending homelessness in Berks County must continue to be a top priority and this Plan demonstrates _____.

8 That conviction. BCEH echoes President Obama when he Modesto D. Fiume, Chair states: it is simply unacceptable for individuals, children, families, and our nation's Veterans to be faced with _____. homelessness. George J. Vogel, Jr. Vice-Chair Homeless prevention strategies will have the greatest _____. chance of success if they are a part of a community-wide Carol Bailey, Treasurer effort within a long-term approach supported by strong leadership, adequate resources, and public and private _____. Mindy McCormick, Secretary commitments. This Plan is a joint effort by the BCEH, City and County Officials, private and public partners, and members of religious communities. Our aim is high we are focused on a future where no one is turned away, and conditions are such that everyone who desires to have a home shall have one. BCEH Strategic Plan 2014 - 2018 5. content section 5. Leadership 2. goals & strategies Focus 3. Goal One & Strategies 17.

9 Executive Summary 4. Goal Two & Strategies 19. Goal Three & Strategies 20. section 1. introduction Defining Homelessness 7. section 6. Purpose of Plan 7. further development Focus of Plan 7. Additional Events 21. Implementation & Monitoring 21. section 2. key principals Values 8. Community Vision & Mission 8. section 3. background Homelessness Locally 9. section 4. analysis SWOT Analysis 11. Chronic Homelessness 12. Length of Stay in Emergency Shelter 13. Point in Time Counts 13. Barriers to Self-sufficiency 14. Trends & Assumptions 15. Cost of Homelessness 16. 6. HUD measures success in a family moving to permanent introduction housing. But success to Purpose of Plan the Coalition means Defining Homelessness While the purpose of this Plan is to implement On January 4, 2012, The Department of Housing and more than that. As we strategies that will enhance prevention methods, the Urban Development [HUD] issued final regulations into are a collaborative of overall purpose is to promote self-sufficiency within effect that defined homelessness as including four Berks County.

10 BCEH continues to strengthen and agencies and broad categories: expand relationships with agencies outside the 1] People who are living in a place not meant for human individuals, success homeless provider network. habitation, in emergency shelter, in transitional housing, means that all the or are exiting an institution where they temporarily pistons are firing, resided if they were in shelter or a place not meant for human habitation. we are sharing Focus of Plan 2] People who are losing their primary nighttime BCEH has been focusing on homeless prevention for information, we are residence, which may include a motel or hotel or a several years. At the federal level, HUD has mandated sharing resources, doubled up situation, within 14 days and lack resources that this mission be accomplished locally. Developing a or support networks to remain in housing. we are filling niches, Plan that can shift from intervention towards prevention 3] Families with children or unaccompanied youth who is the primary focus.


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