City of Pittsfield Restaurant Rapid Response Grant Program

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — As indoor dining is currently suspended at city restaurants, one of several safety measures put in place in the wake of rising COVID-19 cases in Pittsfield, Mayor Linda Tyer has established the Restaurant Rapid Response Grant Program to assist restaurants and eateries during this period.
"While the decision to suspend indoor dining is essential, I recognize that it will have a tremendous impact on our restaurants and we understand the additional challenges these restrictions will place on city restaurants," Tyer said. "This grant program will help to offset some of these challenges. Through this program, funding up to $5,000 will be available per restaurant to help with rent, mortgage, utilities, payroll, as well as supplies and inventory."
This grant program is in addition to Pittsfield's COVID-19 Economic Relief and Recovery Small Business Grant program which has already assisted 63 businesses, including 17 Pittsfield restaurants. There are still funds available for this program and we are accepting applications.
A link to the online application is available here:
For more information and a list of frequently asked questions, please visit here:
For additional inquiries or assistance with the grant process, please email
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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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