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Homeless Continue to Leave Pittsfield Parks

\Recreation Activities Coordinator Becky Manship gave her report and said the annual Halloween Parade has been canceled because of the pandemic.

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Pittsfield City Council Asks Homelessness Committee For Reports

The council unanimously sent the group of petitions, signed by Councilors Dina Guiel Lampiasi and Earl Persip, on Tuesday demanding some answers from the committee that has met infrequently since the pandemic began.

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Pittsfield Homelessness Prevention Commission Meets

The Homelessness Prevention Commission met for the first time in months on Wednesday and endorsed a Fenn Street shelter approved later that day by the Community Development Board.

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Pittsfield Planners Approve Downtown Homeless Shelter

The board approved the shelter’s application Wednesday with 12 conditions — one of which gives the downtown community two years to find an alternate location

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Pittsfield Council Subcommittee Talks Homelessness Solutions

The Committee on Public Health and Safety had a lengthy conversation on homelessness in the community and set immediate and long-term goals.

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Pittsfield Planners Continue Homeless Shelter Hearing

With new information from the shelter developers Tuesday, the board agreed to once again to continue, feeling not all their questions were answered.

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Pittsfield Parks Redirect Springside Park Donations

The Parks Commission approved a draft statement on Tuesday that would redirect donations for the homeless in Springside Park toward service providers.

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Pittsfield City Council to Discuss Homeless Solutions

The three petitions ask officials to consider measures to safeguard the homeless and begin a conversation about homelessness within the city limits.

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Pittsfield Planners Delay Downtown Homeless Shelter Vote

The Community Development Board continued a hearing allowing more time to consider the development of a homeless shelter downtown.

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Homeless Encampments Springing Up in Pittsfield Parks

Parks and Open Space Manager James McGrath fielded some of the parks commissioners' questions and concerns Tuesday about the influx of the homeless in the city parks — most notably in Springside Park.

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Former St. Joe's Serving Nearly 50 Homeless During Pandemic

Fire Chief Thomas Sammons said it was clear from the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak that the 120-year-old school would have a part to play.

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Helping Hands Founder Gathers Group to Tackle Homelessness

And now Honig and a group of other regular contributors on the page are targeting one specific need in the community: resources for those without housing stability. That grew from a post on the page where someone was searching for a tent to provide shelter while they were without permanent housing.

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Berkshire Bank, Nonprofit Build Beds for Berkshire Children

There are a lot of challenges for a family just moving into stabilized housing. Perhaps one of the most overlooked challenges is the cost of providing beds for the children. That's why in 2012 the Massachusetts Coalition for Homeless started a "Build a Bed" program aimed to have corporate sponsors build free beds for children across the state.

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State Allocates $150K To Berkshires For Overflow Sheltering This Winter

The state allocated $150,000 to provide more shelters for those in need this winter. The Department of Housing and Community Development is providing the funds to ServiceNet to provide overflow sheltering. ServiceNet will subcontract with other organizations in the county including Soldier On in Pittsfield, Construct in Great Barrington, and the Lousison House in North Adams to serve the homeless population this winter.

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