Pittsfield Seeks Proposals For Human Services

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City of Pittsfield announced that applications are now available for funding to provide human services to benefit Pittsfield residents. 
 
Funding is for the program year July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022.
 
Annually, the city undertakes a process through its Human Services Advisory Council (HSAC), an 11-member volunteer committee, which reviews the proposals and submits its recommendations to the mayor. Applications can be obtained from the Department of Community via email request to Program Manager Justine Dodds at jdodds@cityofpittsfield.org.
 
The application due date is Jan. 8, 2021.
 
Last year's recommendations resulted in 22 human service programs receiving a total of $206,250 from the city's general fund and from the federal Community Development Block
Grant (CDBG) Program.
 
Programs and consumers assisted with those funds cover a wide range of services for a diverse population. Initiatives include but are not limited to: services for families with children, affordable child care vouchers, homeless services, housing stabilization programs, programs for residents with disabilities and senior citizens, and arts programs.
 
Community Development will be holding three bidder's conferences to assist applicants with the application process. Conferences will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18; 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19; and 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1. All conferences will be held via zoom.
 
To register for a conference please contact Dodds at 499-9358 or at jdodds@cityofpittsfield.org. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of these three conferences.
 
In addition to submitting a written proposal, applicants will be invited to come before the Human Services Advisory Council to make a presentation in February that will be televised locally.
 
For further information, please contact Community Development at 413-499-9358.
 
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Pittsfield Seeks Solutions to Daytime Warming Shelters for Homeless

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mayor Linda Tyer this week said the city of Pittsfield is feeling discouraged from the lack of community organizations willing to host a warming shelter that will house homeless individuals during the hours that the St. Joseph's temporary winter shelter on Maplewood Avenue is closed.

"We're concerned too, and we're feeling quite discouraged that a number of our community partners have declined our request to help with a daytime warming center but we're not going to give up," she said at Tuesday's City Council meeting.

Ward 7 Councilor Anthony Maffuccio addressed the mayor with two petitions in regard to the homeless population.

Maffuccio requested that the mayor, or other departments or organizations, provide an update on the plans for a warming station for the homeless and that the mayor develops a task force for the purpose of developing a permanent housing solution for chronically homeless residents.

These petitions were both referred to Tyer by the council.

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